George Washington vs. Fordham - 1/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Fordham Rams (9-2) at George Washington Colonials (11-2)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Charles E. Smith Center)
The Line: George Washington Colonials -10 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Fordham Rams will travel to the Charles E. Smith Center to take on the George Washington Colonials this Sunday night in College Basketball action.
The Fordham Rams had their nine game winning streak snapped and dropped to 9-2 (0-0 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the Boston College Eagles, 64-55, on December 22nd. Fordham struggled offensively in the loss and although they were able the cut the Eagles lead to 59-55 late in the game, the Rams couldn’t get any closer. Fordham shot just 32.1% from the field and was outrebounded by Boston College by a 40-33 margin. The Rams allowed the Eagles to shoot 41.5% shooting from the field and had 14 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for Fordham was Antwoine Anderson who had 14 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, the Rams have been led by Mandell Thomas (16.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.7 apg, 2.4 spg), Ryan Rhoomes (13.5 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.1 bpg), and Christian Sengfelder (10.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg). Offensively, Fordham is averaging 79.0 ppg on 47.7% shooting from the field and 40.1% shooting from beyond the arc. The Rams average 9.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.21. Defensively, Fordham is holding their opponents to an average of 62.3 ppg on 41.1% shooting. The Rams have a rebound margin of 5.7 and a turnover margin of 3.9.
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The George Washington Colonials improved to 11-2 (0-0 A-10) on the season after defeating the UCF Knights, 67-50, this past Tuesday. George Washington used a strong defensive effort in the 2nd half to outscore the Knights by a 33-19 margin and secure the victory. George Washington shot 51.8% from the field and outrebounded UCF by a 37-25 margin. The Colonials held the Knights to 35.4% shooting from the field and 30.4% (7-23) shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for George Washington was Patricio Garino who had 17 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks, and an assist. On the season, the Colonials have been led by Tyler Cavanaugh (15.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.3 apg), Patricio Garino (12.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.7 spg), and Kevin Larsen (10.9 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.2 spg). Offensively, George Washington is averaging 76.3 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field and 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc. The Colonials average 6.2 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover of 1.30. Defensively, George Washington is holding their opponents to an average of 67.2 ppg on 41.2% shooting. The Colonials have a rebound margin of 3.7 and a turnover margin of 1.6.
The Rams are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 11-5 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The Colonials are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Fordham’s new head coach, Jeff Neubauer, has done a great job with the Rams as this is a team that hasn’t had more than 10 wins since 2008. George Washington had a great start to their season with an upset over the Virginia Cavaliers and should be one of the major contenders in the A-10 this season. Fordham has done a great job on the defensive end this season but they’ve haven’t played much when it comes to competition and I think the Colonials will be able to get a 10-15 point victory at home. Take George Washington to cover.