William & Mary vs. George Mason - 12/1/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

William & Mary vs. George Mason - 12/1/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

George Mason Patriots (3-5) at William & Mary Tribe (2-5)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 4:00 pm (Kaplan Arena)

The Line: William & Mary Tribe -4 -- Over/Under: 157.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The George Mason Patriots will travel to Kaplan Arena to take on the William & Mary Tribe this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The George Mason Patriots snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 3-5 on the season after defeating the Morgan State Bears, 82-75, this past Wednesday. George Mason had all they could handle from Morgan State as the Bears were able to tie the game at 71-all with just 2:19 remaining, however, the Patriots were able to pull away late as they closed out the final 1:36 of regulation on a 9-3 run. George Mason shot 49.1% from the field and 42.1% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Patriots was Otis Livingston II who had 22 points, 7 assits, and a rebound.

On the season, George Mason is averaging 72.5 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Patriots are averaging 6.1 three-pointers per game on 33.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, George Mason has been led by Otis Livingston II (12.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.3 spg), Jarred Reuter (10.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg), Justin Kier (10.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, 2.0 spg), and Javon Greene (10.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg).

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Defensively, George Mason is allowing their opponents to average 74.3 ppg on 47.6% shooting from the field. The Patriots have a rebound margin of -1.1 and a turnover margin of -0.9.

The William & Mary Tribe fell to 2-5 on the season after being defeated by the Marshall Thundering Herd, 84-64, this past Wednesday. William & Mary trailed by just a 46-37 margin at halftime, however, the offense really struggled to get going in the 2nd half and the Tribe couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 68-51 margin with 6:03 left in regulation. William & Mary shot just 23.8% from beyond the arc and committed 20 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Tribe was Paul Rowley who had 12 points, 3 rebounds, and a steal.

On the season, William & Mary is averaging 75.9 ppg on 48.6% shooting from the field. The Tribe are averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game on 36.5% shooting from the field. Offensively, William & Mary has been led by Justin Pierce (19.0 ppg, 10.6 rpg, 3.6 apg), Nathan Knight (17.7 ppg, 6.9 rpg, 3.1 apg), Matt Milon (13.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.8 apg), and L.J. Owens (10.6 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.6 apg).

Defensively, William & Mary is allowing their opponents to an average of 82.3 ppg on 49.5% shooting from the field. The Tribe have a rebound margin of 0.4 and a turnover margin of -5.7.

The Patriots are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 non-conference games and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games overall. The Tribe are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 39-13-2 ATS in their last 54 games following a straight up loss.

George Mason ha a bunch of experience and one of the best players in the A-10 in Otis Livingston II however, William & Mary is a very talented offensive team that should find success agianst the Patriots defense which ranks just T-241st in scoring defense and 318th in defensive FG%. William & Mary is a tough team to face on their home court as they also have a bunch of experience with Pierce & Knight, I think the Tribe do enough in this one to cover this spread.

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Brett’s Pick William & Mary Tribe -4

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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