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George Mason Patriots vs. Pennsylvania Quakers Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/2/14

Pennsylvania Quakers (2-8) at George Mason Patriots (6-6)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 2, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Patriot Center)

The Line: George Mason Patriots -9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: NBC SN

The George Mason Patriots and the Pennsylvania Quakers face off on Thursday in college basketball action.

The George Mason Patriots got a win last time out the get their record back to .500 on the season. George Mason is 4-1 at home this season and they have played the 68th ranked schedule thus far. Sherrod Wright is averaging 13.5 points per game to lead the Patriots. Bryon Allen is averaging 12.7 points, Marko Gujancic is averaging 9.8 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, and Patrick Holloway is averaging 8.3 points. George Mason is averaging 65.3 points and they are shooting 42.9 percent while defensively they are allowing 66.8 points and their opponents are shooting 43.5 percent. George Mason has played three teams with a RPI better than 50 but has lost to all of them.

George Mason Patriots vs. Pennsylvania Quakers Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/2/14

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The Pennsylvania Quakers are struggling this season going 2-8 thus far. Penn as played the 167th ranked schedule and are 1-5 on the road this season. Tony Hicks is averaging 13.8 points per game to lead the Quakers in scoring. Miles Jackson-Cartwright is averaging 12.5 points, Darien Nelson-Henry is averaging 12.8 points and 7.4 rebounds, and Fran Dougherty is averaging 11.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game. Penn is averaging 71.2 points and they are shooting 43.7 percent while defensively they are allowing 78.2 points and heir opponents shoot 40.2 percent. It is clear Penn’s big issue here is their defense.

George Mason is 4-1 against the spread against the Ivy League, 1-4 against the spread in their last five non-conference games, and 0-4 against the spread in their last four home games. Penn is 8-3 against the spread against the A-10, 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 games, and 4-11 against the spread following a win.

George Mason isn’t a force this season but they are decent at home while Penn doesn’t have much working for them so I will lay the points. 

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George Mason -9.5

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