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George Mason vs. Massachusetts - 1/11/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Massachusetts Minutemen (8-7) at George Mason Patriots (5-8)

College Basketball: Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 1:00 pm (Patriot Center)

The Line: George Mason Patriots +1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Massachusetts Minutemen and George Mason Patriots play Sunday at the Patriot Center.

The Massachusetts Minutemen have split their last six games and play their sixth true road game. On the season, UMass is averaging 73.1 points on 45.2 percent shooting and is allowing 73.2 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Maxie Esho is averaging 13.9 points and 6.7 rebounds while Cady Lalanne is averaging 12.5 points and 8.7 rebounds. Derrick Gordon is shooting 43.1 percent from the field and Trey Davis is dishing 3.8 assists. The Massachusetts Minutemen are an offensive team with six players averaging at least 7.6 points while they’re shooting 71.3 percent from the line and 29.2 percent from downtown. However, defensively, UMass has allowed 75 or more points in six of its last nine games. The Massachusetts Minutemen are just 1-4 SU on the road this season.

George Mason vs. Massachusetts - 1/11/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The George Mason Patriots have split their last 10 games and look for their second conference win. On the season, George Mason is averaging 64.3 points on 41.1 percent shooting and is allowing 69 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Shevon Thompson is averaging 12.9 points and 11.4 rebounds while Patrick Holloway is averaging 12.4 points on 39 percent shooting. Jalen Jenkins is grabbing 4.3 rebounds and Marquise Moore is dishing 2.6 assists. The George Mason Patriots continue to struggle defensively, as they’ve allowed 71 or more points in four of their last eight games and are allowing teams to shoot 34.1 percent from deep. Offensively, George Mason is shooting 65.2 percent from the line and 30.7 percent from downtown. George Mason is 5-2 SU at home.

The Minutemen are 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Atlantic 10 and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall. The Patriots are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. 

Simply put, UMass is the better team between the two and knows it has to start winning consistently if it hopes to return to the big dance. Look for the Minutemen to get a big road win here. 

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Massachusetts Minutemen -1.5

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