James Madison Dukes (7-4) at George Mason Patriots (4-6)
College Basketball: Friday, December 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm (EagleBank Arena)
The Line: George Mason Patriots -6.5 -- Over/Under: 140.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The James Madison Dukes will travel to EagleBank Arena to take on the George Mason Patriots this Friday night in College Basketball action.
The James Madison Dukes improved to 7-4 on the season after defeating the Radford Highlanders, 73-66, this past Tuesday. James Madison was outstanding on the offensive end agianst Radford and was able to fight back from a 44-35 2nd half deficit to get the win. James Madison shot 47.2% from the field and 54.5% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Dukes was Stuckey Mosley who had 29 points, 5 rebounds, and an assist.
On the season, James Madison is averaging 72.6 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Dukes are averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game on 34.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, James Madison has been led by Stuckey Mosley (16.8 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.3 spg), Darius Banks (14.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 2.4 apg, 2.3 spg), Matt Lewis (14.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.2 spg), and Dwight Wilson (8.5 ppg, 8.5 rpg).
Defensively, James Madison is allowing their opponents to average 70.2 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Dukes have a rebound margin of 4.4 and a turnover margin of -1.3.
The George Mason Patriots had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 4-6 on the season after being defeated by the Vermont Catamounts, 72-67, this past Monday. George Mason struggled from beyond the arc in the loss and couldn’t’ fight back after Vermont took a 53-39 lead with 7:42 left in regulation. George Mason shot just 16.7% from beyond the arc and was outrebounded by Vermont by a 36-29 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Patriots was Justin Kier who had 32 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals, and a block.
On the season, George Mason is averaging 73.4 ppg on 47.3% shooting from the field. The Patriots are averaging 6.2 three-pointers per game on 32.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, George Mason has been led by Justin Kier (13.4 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 1.7 apg, 2.0 spg), Otis Livingston II (12.2 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.3 spg), Javon Greene (10.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg), and Jarred Reuter (9.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.0 apg).
Defensively, George Mason is allowing their opponents to average 75.0 ppg on 47.7% shooting from the field. The Patriots have a rebound margin of -1.1 and a turnover margin of -1.0.
The Dukes are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games vs. A-10 opponents however, just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Patriots are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS loss and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games.
James Madison & George Mason might not be their respective conference favorites this season, however, these are two above average teams that will both compete this season. George Mason has a great one-two punch in Justin Kier & Otis Livingston II, however, I was really impressed by James Madison’s victory at home against a Radford team that had already knocked off both Texas & Notre Dame on the road this season. James Madison isn’t the great on the road, however, I think Stucky Mosely and the Dukes offense will do enough against George Mason’s defense that ranks T-252nd in scoring defense and 325th in defensive FG% to at cover with the points.