Richmond Spiders (10-19) at George Mason Patriots (15-15)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm (EagleBank Arena)
The Line: George Mason Patriots -2 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Richmond Spiders will travel to EagleBank Arena to take on the George Mason Patriots this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Richmond Spiders snapped their 5-game losing streak and improved to 10-19 (8-9 A-10) on the season after defeating the UMass Minutemen, 90-65, this past Wednesday. Richmond led by a 40-32 margin at halftime and easily pulled away for the victory after taking a 79-50 lead with 6:53 left in regulation. Richmond shot 57.1% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 15-6 margin. Leading the way for the Spiders was Grant Golden who had a double-double with 26 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 blocks. On the season, Richmond is averaging 70.6 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Spiders are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 32.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Richmond has been led by Grant Golden (15.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.3 bpg), Nick Sherod (14.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.3 apg), De’Monte Buckingham (12.3 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.0 spg), and Jacob Gilyard (10.9 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 4.1 apg, 2.8 spg). Defensively, Richmond is allowing their opponents to average 75.4 ppg on 48.6% shooting from the field. The Spiders have a rebound margin of -5.2 and a turnover margin of 1.8.
The George Mason Patriots won their 3rd consecutive game and improved to 15-15 (9-8 A-10) on the season after defeating the VCU Rams, 81-80, this past Wednesday. George Mason trailed by a 75-64 margin with just over five minutes left to play, however, was outstanding defensively down the stretch and won it after an Ian Boyd tip-in with just :01 second left in regulation. George Mason shot 45.3% from the field and 42.3% (11-26) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Patriots was Otis Livingston II who had 26 points, 2 rebounds, 5 assists, and 4 steals. On the season, George Mason is averaging 72.1 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Patriots are averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game on 33.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, George Mason has been led by Otis Livingston II (17.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.1 spg), Jaire Grayer (12.9 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.4 spg), Justin Kier (11.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.3 spg), and Goanar Mar (11.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg). Defensively, George Mason is allowing their opponents to average 75.4 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Patriots have a rebound margin of 1.2 and a turnover margin of -2.0.
The Spiders are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up win however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Patriots are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS win.
Richmond has lost 6 of their last 8 games and has struggled on both ends of the court this season as the Spiders come into this game ranked just 255th in scoring offense, 256th in scoring defense, and 337th in defensive FG%. George Mason has won 5 of their last 6 games and although they rank just t-226th in scoring offense and 236th in FG%, the Patriots have been great offensively as of late as during their 3-game winning streak the Spiders are averaging 79.3 ppg. George Mason defeated Richmond by a 79-75 margin on the road earlier this season and as they Patriots should have a huge advantage down low in this one, I think the Patriots do enough at home to cover this small spread.