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Massachusetts Minutemen vs. George Washington Colonials - 3/14/14 Atlantic 10 Tournament

Massachusetts Minutemen (24-7) vs. George Washington Colonials (23-7)

College Basketball: Friday, March 14, 2014 at 9:00 pm (Barclays Center)

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The Massachusetts Minutemen and George Washington Colonials will play a late Friday night Atlantic 10 quarterfinal matchup. When these teams played on February 15, the Minutemen won 67-61.

The Minutemen won their first tournament game on Thursday, which resulted in a 65-61 win over Rhode Island. They came back from being down eight points in the first half, as they grabbed 42 rebounds and forced 17 turnovers. Maxie Esho led the way with 15 points and seven rebounds off the bench. The Minutemen are one of the most athletic teams in the country, averaging 76.1 points on 46.1 percent shooting and allowing 70.3 points on 41.9 percent shooting. They are 16-14-1 ATS overall.

Massachusetts Minutemen vs. George Washington Colonials - 3/14/14 Atlantic 10 Tournament

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The Colonials head into this matchup winning four of their last five games of the regular season. On the year, they’re averaging 73.6 points on 46.3 percent shooting and are allowing 66.3 points on 41.1 percent shooting. They have four active players averaging in the double figures, shoot 36.5 percent from downtown, but their weakness would be their 65.6 percent free throw shooting. They’ve only allowed one 70-point performance in their last six games. They are 16-9 ATS overall.

The Minutemen are 0-4-1 ATS in their last five conference games and the Colonials are 7-1 ATS in their last eight games following an ATS loss. However, the Minutemen are 14-5 ATS in the last 19 meetings against George Washington.

This is going to be a fun game to watch.

But considering UMass has won three of the last four meetings SU and is taking better care of the basketball as of late, I have to take the Minutemen and the point. 

 This is a team that’s flying high with confidence and is peaking at the right time.

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