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George Washington vs. Richmond - 1/28/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Richmond Spiders (10-8) at George Washington Colonials (15-4)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 9:00 pm (Charles E. Smith Center)

The Line: George Washington Colonials -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN U

The Richmond Spiders will travel to the Charles E. Smith to take on the George Washington Colonials this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Richmond Spiders lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 10-8 (2-4 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the Davidson Wildcats, 78-70, this past Monday. Richmond held a five-point lead midway through the 2nd half but allowed Davidson to go on a 15-2 run to take the lead and get the win. Richmond shot 42.9% from the field and 0.0% (0-15) from beyond the arc in the loss. The Spiders allowed the Wildcats to shoot 44.6% from the field and 30.4% (7-23) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Richmond was Terry Allen who had 23 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, the Spiders have been led by Terry Allen (20.2 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.8 spg), T.J. Cline (16.2 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.1 apg), and ShawnDre’ Jones (15.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.6 apg). Offensively, Richmond is averaging 79.2 ppg on 49.3% shooting from the field and 36.6% shooting from beyond the arc. The Spiders average 7.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.56. Defensively, Richmond is allowing their opponents to average 74.2 ppg on 46.4% shooting. The Spiders have a rebound margin of -2.5 and have a turnover margin of 2.1.

George Washington vs. Richmond - 1/28/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The George Washington Colonials improved to 15-4 (4-2 A-10) on the season after defeating the Rhode Island Rams, 62-58, this past Friday. George Washington used a 9-0 run in the 2nd half to overcome a 46-39 deficit and stay undefeated at home.  George Washington struggled a bit offensively as they shot just 37.5% from the field and 14.3% (1-7) from beyond the arc. The Colonials allowed the Rams to shoot 43.1% from the field and outrebounded Rhode Island by a 39-26 margin. Leading the way for George Washington was Tyler Cavanaugh who had a double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and a block. On the season, the Colonials have been led by Tyler Cavanaugh (17.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.4 apg), Patricio Garino (12.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.3 spg), and Kevin Larsen (11.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.0 spg). Offensively, George Washington is averaging 75.1 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field and 35.3% shooting from beyond the arc. The Colonials average 6.5 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.23. Defensively, George Washington is holding their opponents to an average of 66.8 ppg on 41.4% shooting. The Colonials have a rebound margin of 6.2 and average 3.3 blocks per game.

The Spiders are 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 road games vs. a team with a winning home record however, just 5-11-1 ATS in their last 17 games following a ATS loss. The Colonials are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 home games and 6-2-1 ATS their last 9 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record.

Richmond still can put up points with the best of them however, they’ve struggled mightily on the defensive end and wasn’t able to pick up a key conference win against either VCU or Davidson over their last two games. George Washington kicked off their season with a great victory against Virginia and has been solid on both sides of the ball throughout the season. George Washington is a perfect 11-0 at home and as long as they can contain the outside shooting of the Spiders, I think the Colonials will be able to cover this spread at home. Take George Washington to cover. 

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