George Washington Colonials vs. George Mason Patriots - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
George Mason Patriots (5-10) at George Washington Colonials (13-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 4:30 pm (Charles E. Smith Center)
The Line: George Washington Colonials -13.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The George Mason Patriots will travel to the Charles E. Smith Center to take on the George Washington Colonials this Saturday afternoon.
The George Mason Patriots lost their 3rd consecutive game and dropped to 6-10 (1-3 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the St. Bonaventure Bonnies 75-55 this past Wednesday. George Mason struggled offensively as they shot only 38.0% from the field and 14.3% (2-14) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Patriots was Shevon Thompson who had 18 points and 4 rebounds. George Mason is currently ranked 156th in the RPI Standings and has played the 23rd ranked SOS. On the season, the Patriots have been led by Shevon Thompson (13.2 ppg, 11.2 rpg, 1.3 bpg) and Patrick Holloway (12.1 ppg, 1.3 rpg). Offensively, George Mason is averaging 65.8 ppg (ranked 221st) on 42.6% shooting (ranked 228th). The Patriots average only 3.9 three-pointers per game (ranked 335th) on 30.2% three-point shooting (ranked 293rd). Defensively, George Mason is allowing their opponents to score an average of 69.2 ppg (ranked 252nd) on 42.7% shooting (ranked 178th). The Patriots average 4.3 bpg (ranked 96th). George Mason is grabbing 23.81 defensive rpg (ranked 177th) and 36.69 total rpg (ranked 101st).
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The George Washington Colonials improved to 13-4 (3-1 A-10) on the season after defeating the Richmond Spiders 73-70 (2 OT) this past Thursday. George Washington struggled from beyond the arc shooting only 20.0% (3-15) however, outrebounded Richmond by a 43-24 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Colonials was Kevin Larsen who had a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds. George Washington is ranked 40th in the RPI Standings and has played the 144th ranked SOS. On the season, the Colonials have been led by Patricio Garino (13.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.2 apg, 2.2 spg) and Kevin Larsen (11.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.5 bpg). Offensively, George Washington is averaging 69.1 ppg (ranked 151st) on 45.3% shooting (ranked 94th). The Colonials average just 4.2 three-pointers per game (ranked 329th) on 31.7% shooting (ranked 248th). Defensively, George Washington is holding their opponents to an average of 59.8 ppg (ranked 36th) on 39.7% shooting (ranked 70th). The Colonials average 4.4 bpg (ranked 82nd) and have a rebound margin of 5.9 (ranked 38th). George Washington is pulling down 12.18 offensive rpg (ranked 81st), 25.41 defensive rpg (ranked 94th) and 37.59 total rpg (ranked 66th).
The Patriots are 3-0-1 ATS in the last 4 Saturday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Colonials are 11-5-1 ATS in their last 17 home games however, are 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
George Washington is one of the more well-rounded teams in the country however, they’ve been struggling a bit at the offensive end lately. George Mason has struggled this season, however, I have a hard time with George Washington giving double-digit points with how they’ve looked over the past week. I’m going to be staying away from this one, but I’ve I had to take a side, I would go with George Mason and the points in this one.