George Washington Colonials (0-4) at South Carolina Gamecocks (2-2)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 4:00 pm (Mohegan Sun Arena)
The Line: South Carolina Gamecocks -11.5 -- Over/Under: 140 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The South Carolina Gamecocks and George Washington Colonials will face off at Mohegan Sun Arena this Sunday afternoon in the consolation game of 2018 Air Force Reserve Tip-Off Tournament.
The South Carolina Gamecocks fell to 2-2 on the season after being defeated by the Providence Friars, 76-67, yesterday afternoon. South Carolina held a 35-27 lead at halftime, however, struggled defensively in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after a 9-0 Friars run gave providence a 65-54 lead with 5:14 left in the 2nd half. South Carolina shot 40.3% from the field and 24.0% from beyond the arc in the loss. The Gamecocks were outrebounded by a 39-38 margin and forced on 12 turnovers. Leading the way for the Gamecocks was Hassani Gravett who had 14 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, and an assist.
Coming into their game against Providence, South Carolina was averaging 75.7 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks were averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game on 28.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, South Carolina has been led by A.J. Lawson (15.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.5 spg), Hassani Gravett (11.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.0 spg), Keyshawn Bryant (9.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.3 apg), and Chris Silva (8.5 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.0 spg, 1.0 bpg). Defensively, South Carolina was allowing their opponents to average 66.3 ppg on 37.7% shooting from the field. The Gamecocks had a rebound margin of 4.0 and a turnover margin of 2.7.
The George Washington Colonials are still searching for their first win of the season as the Colonials dropped to 0-4 on the year after being defeated by the 18th ranked Michigan Wolverines, 84-61, yesterday afternoon. George Washington had no answers on the defensive end for the Wolverines and couldn’t fight back after Michigan took a 52-33 lead with 15:57 left in regulation. George Washington shot 39.1% from the field while allowing the Wolverines to shoot 50.0% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc. George Washington was outrebounded by a 39-32 margin and forced only 10 Wolverines turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Colonials was DJ Williams who had 16 points, 5 rebounds, and an assist.
Coming into their game agianst Michigan, George Washington was averaging 64.0 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Colonials were averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game on 35.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, George Washington has been led by DJ Williams (13.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.3 apg), Terry Nolan Jr. (11.8 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.5 apg), Arnaldo Toro (10.0 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 1.3 bpg), and Justin Mazzulla (9.0 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.0 apg). Defensively, George Washington was allowing their opponents to average 74.0 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Colonials have a rebound margin of -8.3 and a turnover margin of -3.3.
The Gamecocks are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Sunday games however, just 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games. The Colonials are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss however, just 1-7-2 ATS in their last 10 neutral site games.
South Carolina looks like it could be in for a long season as although they have gotten some decent production from A.J. Lawson, the Gamecocks look as if they are struggle on the offensive end this season. George Washington has had to play Virginia & Michigan which doesn’t help the early season numbers and similar to the South Carolina, has had a lot of roster turnover and currently looks like they are in rebuilding mode this season. It’s tough to side with the Colonials in this one however, I don’t really trust the Gamecocks being able to put up a ton of points, as I expect George Washington to be getting a good number of points in this one, I’m initially leaning on taking the Colonials.
Update (9:25 AM) - This is actually more points than I was expecting so I'm sticking with George Washington in this one.