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George Mason vs. Northern Iowa - 12/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Northern Iowa Panthers (5-2) at George Mason Patriots (4-5)

College Basketball: Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Patriot Center)

The Line: George Mason Patriots +4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: American Sports Network

The Northern Iowa Panthers will travel to EagleBank Arena to take on the George Mason Patriots this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.

The Northern Iowa Panthers had their five game winning streak snapped and dropped to 5-2 (0-0 MVC) on the season after being defeated by the Richmond Spiders, 82-67, this past Saturday. Northern Iowa struggled defensively as they allowed Richmond to shoot 53.6% from the field and 52.0% (12-25) from beyond the arc. The Panthers shot 47.4% from the field and 38.9% (7-18) from beyond the arc. Northern Iowa was outrebounded by a 31-28 margin and committed 12 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Panthers was Matt Bohannon who had 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, Northern Iowa has been led by Wes Washpun (15.4 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 6.4 apg, 1.4 spg), Matt Bohannon (13.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg) and Jeremy Morgan (12.6 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 2.0 spg). Offensively, Northern Iowa is averaging 79.9 ppg on 51.2% shooting from the field and 43.6% shooting from beyond the arc. The Panthers average 9.7 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.28. Defensively, Northern Iowa is allowing their opponents to average 68.1 ppg on 42.9% shooting. The Panthers have a rebound margin of 3.7 and a turnover margin of -1.1.

George Mason vs. Northern Iowa - 12/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The George Mason Patriots improved to 4-5 (0-0 A-10) on the season after defeating the Penn Quakers, 63-44, this past Saturday. George Mason was outstanding defensively as they held Penn to just 32.1% shooting from the floor and 25.0% (5-20) from beyond the arc. The Patriots shot 45.0% from the field however, struggled at the FT line going just 6 for 13. George Mason outrebounded Penn by a 45-30 margin. Leading the way for the Patriots was Jaire Grayer who had 20 points, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists. On the season, George Mason has been led by Jaire Grayer (12.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg), Otis Livingston II (10.9 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 2.7 apg), and Shevon Thompson (10.0 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 1.2 bpg). Offensively, George Mason is averaging 63.1 ppg on the 42.5% shooting from the field and 31.2% shooting from beyond the arc. The Patriots average just 5.4 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.88. Defensively, George Mason is holding their opponents to an average 63.9 ppg on 40.2% shooting. The Patriots have a rebound margin of 7.8 and a turnover margin of -5.4.

The Panthers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games. The Patriots are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. MVC opponents and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 non-conference games.

Northern Iowa struggled offensively against Richmond but this is a team that has some dangerous outside shooters and has given North Carolina their only loss of the season. George Mason has had an interesting start to their season as they’ve beaten Ole Miss and Oklahoma State, however have losses to Colgate and Manhattan. George Mason has been great at home defensively over their past two games however, Northern Iowa is a much better offensive team than either Wright State or Penn and I think the Panthers find their offensive rhythm on Tuesday and cover this small road spread. Take Northern Iowa to cover. 

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