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George Mason vs. Saint Joseph's - 1/10/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Saint Joseph's Hawks (7-7) at George Mason Patriots (7-9)

College Basketball: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 7:00 pm (EagleBank Arena)

The Line: George Mason Patriots +5 -- Over/Under: 146 See the Latest Odds

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We have some A-10 action on the hardwood as the Saint Joseph’s Hawks take on the George Mason Patriots in a college basketball matchup on Wednesday night.

The Saint Joseph’s Hawks will look to build on a pair of conference victories, including an 85-78 win over St. Bonaventure in their last outing. James Demery led the team with 24 points on 8 of 13 shooting with a pair of threes, while Shavar Newark added 23 points with 10 rebounds, 5 assists and 5 steals as the only other Hawk to finish in double figures scoring in the win. Pierfrancesco Oliva added 9 points with 8 rebounds and 8 assists with a pair of blocks as well, while Chris Clover, Taylor Funk and Nick Robinson each had 8 points in the win. Demery leads the team in scoring with an average of 17.4 points per game, while Oliva leads the team in rebounding with 7.6 rebounds per game and Newark leads the way with 3.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Saint Joseph’s is scoring 75.4 points per game on 40.7% shooting from the field, 31.5% from behind the arc and 67.8% from the foul line this season.

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George Mason vs. Saint Joseph's - 1/10/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The George Mason Patriots will look to find some consistent play after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 5 games, including an 86-59 loss to Davidson in their last outing. Otis Livingston II led the team with 20 points on 7 of 12 shooting with 4 threes and a team-high 3 assists while Jaire Grayer added 11 points on 4 of 9 shooting with 3 triples as the only other Patriot to finish in double figures scoring. Justin Kier added team-highs of 5 rebounds and 3 assists, while Greg Calixte added 7 points and 5 rebounds of his own and AJ Wilson chipped in 6 points and 3 blocks. Livingston II leads the team with an average of 15.8 points and 4.3 assists per game, while Grayer is the team’s leading rebounder with 7.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, George Mason is scoring 68.2 points per game on 42.3% shooting from the field, 31% from behind the arc and 74.1% from the foul line this season. 

Saint Joseph’s is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 road games. George Mason is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the over is 23-7 in their last 30 games following a loss. The road team is 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

I think what this boils down to for me is that George Mason could end up being the bottom seed in they A-10, while there are some signs of life being shown by the Hawks after the win against the Bonnies. George Mason has yet to cover a spread at home this season, and given the success for the road team in this matchup, I think laying the points with St. Joseph’s is the best bet here.

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