George Mason vs. St. Bonaventure - 1/6/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
St. Bonaventure Bonnies (9-3) at George Mason Patriots (6-8)
College Basketball: Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Patriot Center)
The Line: George Mason Patriots +2 -- Over/Under: 133.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: American Sports Network
The St. Bonaventure Bonnies will travel to EagleBank Arena to take on the George Mason Patriots this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The St. Bonaventure Bonnies won their 2nd straight game and improved to 9-3 (1-0 A-10) on the season after defeating the Davidson Wildcats, 97-85, this past Saturday. St. Bonaventure trailed the majority of the 2nd half but used a 10-1 run late in the 2nd half to get a sizable lead over the Wildcats and secure the win. St. Bonaventure shot 51.7% from the field and outrebounded Davidson by a 38-33 margin in the victory. The Bonnies allowed the Wildcats to shoot 44.6% from the field and 42.3% (11-26) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for St. Bonaventure was Jaylen Adams who had 30 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, and a block. On the season, the Bonnies have been led by Jaylen Adams (17.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.1 apg), Marcus Posley (17.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.5 apg), and Dion Wright (16.8 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.2 spg). Offensively, St. Bonaventure is averaging 76.4 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field and 34.1% shooting from beyond the arc. The Bonnies average 7.6 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.25. Defensively, St. Bonaventure is allowing their opponents to average 70.1 ppg on 42.6% shooting. The Bonnies have a rebound margin of 1.1 and a turnover margin of 3.6.
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The George Mason Patriots has their two game winning streak snapped and dropped to 6-8 (0-1 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the VCU Rams, 71-47, this past Saturday. George Mason struggled offensively throughout the game and couldn’t put any run together in the 2nd half after falling behind 33-22 at halftime. George Mason shot 32.1% from the field and 28.6% (4-14) from beyond the arc in the loss. The Patriots were outrebounded by the Rams by a 42-40 margin and committed 22 turnovers in the game. Leading the way for George Mason was Marquise Moore who had 14 points and 4 rebounds. On the season, the Patriots have been led by Marquise Moore (11.0 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.1 bpg), Otis Livingston II (11.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.6 apg), and Marko Gujanicic (9.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.1 apg). Offensively, George Mason is averaging 62.3 ppg on 40.4% shooting from the field and 29.9% from beyond the arc. The Patriots average 5.4 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.75. Defensively, George Mason is holding their opponents to an average of 65.6 ppg on 40.8% shooting. The Patriots have a rebound margin of 7.0 and a turnover margin of -5.5.
The Bonnies are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 vs. A-10 opponents and 10-1 ATS in their last 11 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record. The Patriots are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
George Mason generally plays better at home however, the Patriots are hard to trust as they can really struggle finding ways to put points on the scoreboard. St. Bonaventure’s has been led by last week’s A-10 player of the week in Jaylen Adams and has multiple scoring options with Adams, Dion Wright, and Marcus Posley. Although I think this game will be close, I think St. Bonaventure is a more well-rounded team in this one and will be able to score enough off George Mason’s turnovers to cover this small spread on the road. Take St. Bonaventure to cover.