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George Mason vs. Cornell - 11/14/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cornell Big Red (0-0) at George Mason Patriots (0-0)

College Basketball: Friday, November 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm (Patriot Center)

The Line: George Mason Patriots -17 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Cornell Big Red and George Mason Patriots tip things off Friday night at the Patriot Center.

The Cornell Big Red were a brutal 2-26 last season and beat just on Division I opponent in 27 attempts. It’s hard to see exactly how much Cornell is going to improve this season with the transfer of Nolan Cressler but the return of Shonn Miller. Cressler, who led Cornell in points per game last season, transferred to Vanderbilt, and Miller, who was a go-to player before his shoulder injury, should provide a much needed spark to the Big Red. Along with Miller, Cornell should benefit greatly from Devin Cherry and Robert Hatter returning, as they were the second and third leading scorers a year ago. Scoring was a big issue for Cornell, as it shot just 41 percent from the field. However, defense wasn’t kind either, as the Big Red allowed 78.4 points per game. It’s kind of a close your eyes and watch situation for Cornell fans.

George Mason vs. Cornell - 11/14/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The George Mason Patriots had a really disappointing season last year, which included just four conference victories. With both of the Patriots double-digit scorers no longer on the roster, scoring is once again going to be difficult for George Mason. Jalen Jenkins is poised to be one of the team’s top players after averaging just 7.2 points last season, and Erik Copes looks to build on last season after he shot an impressive 58.1 percent from the field in a limited role. Patrick Holloway also has a chance to do something big for George Mason, as he’s the team's top returning scorer from a year ago. The George Mason Patriots are likely going to experience another rough year in their second season in the Atlantic 10 but there’s a few players who provide a little hope moving forward.

The Big Red are 0-2-2 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 vs. Atlantic 10. The Patriots are 7-19 ATS in their last 26 home games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games. 

We have to see how much the Cornell Big Red improve before you even consider backing them. I'm not sure you understand just how bad that team was last season. So, while laying nearly 20 points in a season opener is a lot, it certainly beats backing a team that lost 26 of 28 games. Let's see how much the Big Red have improved before even considering them moving forward. 

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