South Florida vs. George Washington - 11/19/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
George Washington Colonials (2-0) at South Florida Bulls (0-2)
College Basketball: Thursday, November 19, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Sun Dome)
The Line: South Florida Bulls +9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The George Washington Colonials will travel to the USF Sun Dome to take on the South Florida Bulls this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
George Washington pull one of the biggest upsets of the opening week of College Basketball, defeating the 6th ranked Virginia Cavaliers 73-68, to improve to 2-0 (0-0 A-10) on the season. George Washing used a 10-point run to take control of the game late in the 2nd half and shot an impressive 82.1% (23-28) from the FT line to help secure the victory. The Colonials shot 45.1% from the floor and outrebounded the Cavaliers by a 37-33 margin. Leading the way for George Washington was Patrick Garino who had 18 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. Also contributing for the Colonials was Tyler Cavanaugh (18 points, 5 rebounds) and Joe McDonald (10 points, 7 rebounds). On the season, George Washington has been led by largely by Patricio Garino (17.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg), Tyler Cavanaugh (16.5 ppg, 11.0 rpg), and Kevin Larsen (16.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.5 bpg). George Washing is shooting 44.2% so far in the season however has struggled from beyond the arc hitting just 18.8% of their three-pointers. Defensively, the Colonials have been solid holing their opponents to 36.9% shooting from the field.
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The South Florida Bulls dropped to 0-2 on the season after they were defeated by the NJIT Highlanders 60-57 this past Monday. South Florida had a double digit lead with just over 7 minutes left to play but had trouble defending the three-pointer the rest of the way which allowed NJIT to complete the comeback victory. South Florida shot 39.1% from the field and just 62.5% (15-24) from the FT line. The Bulls held the Highlanders to just 31.7% shooting from the field but lost the turnover battle by a 21-14 margin in the loss. Leading the way for South Florida was Roddy Peters who almost had a triple double with 13 points, 8 rebounds, and 10 assists. One the season, South Florida has been led by Jahmal McMurray who is averaging 17.5 ppg and 3.5 rpg. Also chipping in for the Bulls has been Chris Perry (10.0 ppg, 10.0 rpg) and Angel Nunez (14.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg). Offensively, South Florida is shooting 37.6% from the field and 30.2% from beyond the arc. Defensively, the Bulls are averaging an impressive 9.5 bpg, however, have been hurt by turnovers as they have a -7.5 turnover margin.
The Colonials are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games however, just 2-7 ATS in their last 9 road games. The Bulls are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games vs. the A-10 however just 7-18-2 ATS in their last 27 games overall.
George Washington has a solid, experienced squad but I think this is line is just a little inflated from their big win against Virginia as this was the same team that only beat the Lafayette Leopards by 9 points in their opening game. South Florida has had the halftime lead in both of their games and I think as they have the size to matchup against the Colonials bigs, I think they will keep this one within the number. Take South Florida and the points.