George Mason Patriots vs. Oklahoma Sooners Pick-Odds-Prediction 12/8/13
Oklahoma Sooners (7-1) at George Mason Patriots (5-3)
College Basketball: Sunday, December 8, 2013 at 1:00 pm (Verizon Center)
The Line: George Mason Patriots +6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Oklahoma looks to keep rolling when they take on George Mason in the BB&T Classic at the Verizon Center Sunday.
The Sooners are 7-1 and come in off a 78-56 rout of Texas A&M Corpus Christi Thursday behind relentless defense that held the Islanders to 21 off 55 from the field and just 4 of 14 from beyond the arc. Sophomore G Buddy Hield paced Oklahoma with 18 points on 8 of 14 shooting and added 3 rebounds and 3 assists. The Sooners distanced themselves early, breaking the game open on a 16-6 run near the midway point of the first half and taking a 42-24 lead into the break. Texas A&M CC was unable to close the gap and never got closer than 15 points in the second half. Oklahoma shot 45 percent from the floor and 40 percent from distance, while connecting on 11 of 16 from the foul line. On the season, the Sooners are averaging 87.4 ppg on 47 percent shooting and senior G Cameron Clark leads the team in scoring with 17.5 ppg on 52 percent from the floor and 47 percent from downtown.
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Meanwhile, George Mason comes in with a record of 5-3 and losers in 3 of their last 4, including a 68-66 heartbreaker in the waning seconds against South Florida Wednesday. Bulls junior G Corey Allen hit a floater with two seconds left in the game to seal the victory after the Patriots squandered a 17-point second half lead. Senior G Sherrod Wright had a game-high 22 points on 6 of 13 shooting and hit 8 of 10 from the free throw line, and senior G Byron Allen added 14 points and connected on 4 of 6 from beyond the arc. Through eight games, George Mason is averaging 66.4 ppg on 44 percent shooting and Wright leads the team with 17.5 ppg on 48 percent from the floor and 40 percent from distance.
The line in this one is currently set at -6 for Oklahoma and the Sooners have solid wins over Alabama and Seton Hall to their credit, as well as a strong showing in an 11-point loss to #1 Michigan State, while George Mason has failed to impress on any level, particularly in their 16-point loss to Iona. Look for the Sooners to cover.