George Mason Patriots (4-2) at UMass Minutemen (2-2)
College Basketball: Wednesday, December 30, 2020 at 6:00 pm (William D. Mullins Center)
The Line: UMass Minutemen -5 -- Over/Under: 150 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The George Mason Patriots and the UMass Minutemen meet in A-10 conference college basketball action from the William D. Mullins Memorial Center on Wednesday evening.
The George Mason Patriots will look to bounce back after a 68-65 loss to Norfolk State that sent George Mason back to 4-2 on the year last time out. Tyler Kolek led the Patriots with 19 points on 6 of 14 shooting with 5 threes and a team-high 4 assists while Josh Oduro added 10 points with 9 rebounds as the only other double-digit scorer for George Mason in the losing effort. Jordan Miller added 6 points with 4 assists while Javon Greene chipped in 9 points with 3 assists and 4 steals. Miller leads George Mason in scoring with an average of 16.5 points per game while Oduro leads the Patriots on the glass with 5.8 rebounds per game and Kolek leads GMU in assists with 2.5 assists per game this season. As a team, George Mason is averaging 70 points on 42.3% shooting from the field, 29.9% from 3-point range and 58.3% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 68.5 points on 43.2% shooting from the field and 37.4% from 3-point range this season.
The UMass Minutemen will look for some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their first four games to start the year following a 93-88 loss to Bryant last time out. Carl Pierre led the Minutemen with 23 points on 6 of 13 shooting with 4 threes while Noah Fernandes chipped in 14 points with a pair of threes and a team-high 8 assists with 3 steals. T.J. Weeks, Javohn Garcia and Tre Mitchell each had 12 points to finish off the scoring in double figures for UMass in the loss, with Mitchell adding 3 blocks while Weeks had 4 assists, 3 steals and a pair of blocks. Mitchell leads UMass in scoring and rebounding with an average of 22.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while Fernandes leads UMass in assists with 5.8 assists per game this season. As a team, UMass is averaging 85.5 points on 44.8% shooting from the field, 34.3% from 3-point range and 74% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 79 points on 50.5% shooting from the field and 39.2% from 3-point range this season.
George Mason is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the over is 15-6 in their last 21 road games and 46-22 in their last 68 games following a loss. UMass is 19-6-1 ATS in their last 26 home gmaes and 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games overall while the over is 12-3 in their last 15 Wednesday games. The underdog is 5-2-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.
I can see why UMass would be favored as they’ve had a lot more success against the number as of late while George Mason’s struggled and the Minutemen have also been strong against the spread at home for some time now. However, George Mason just has a knack of playing UMass tough, and home court hasn’t meant all that much with the road team bagging 5 covers and a push in the last 8 meetings between the two. I think another close game is on the cards, so give me George Mason and the points in this one.