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Saint Louis vs George Mason Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 3/9/23

George Mason Patriots (20-12) vs. Saint Louis Billikens (20-11)
March 9, 2023 2:00 pm EDT
The Line: Saint Louis Billikens -2.5 / George Mason Patriots +2.5 ; Over/Under:
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The George Mason Patriots and the Saint Louis Billikens meet Thursday in Atlantic 10 Tournament college basketball action from Barclays Center. George Mason is 20-12 overall this year. The Patriots beat Richmond in tournament activity on Wednesday. As for Saint Louis, they’re 20-11 overall and coming off a win over Dayton back on Friday. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.

George Mason Patriots 

The Patriots posted a sketchy 13-11 run in their first 24 outings this year. George Mason finished strong on a 6-1 run however, beating Rhode Island, George Washington, La Salle, Dayton, Fordham and Richmond in succession after a loss to Duquesne. 

In Wednesday’s tournament rematch versus Richmond, the Patriots jumped out to a 37-26 halftime lead. George Mason had to scramble in the second half on a 34-25 deficit but still won 62-60. Davonte Gaines was the team’s leading scorer on 23 points and eight boards. 

Saint Louis Billikens 

Over on the Saint Louis side, they managed a 16-8 record through their first 24 games this year. The Billikens closed off the regular season on a 4-3 run, beating Davidson, Duquesne, Loyola IL and Dayton with losses to Dayton, Richmond and VCU otherwise. 

Last Friday in the rematch with Dayton, the Billikens were up 41-32 going into the second half. Saint Louis was outscored 29-24 from there but still won 65-61. Javonte Perkins led the way on 17 points and Yuri Collins doubled with 12 points and 10 assists. 


I’ll probably stay with Saint Louis in this one. You could make a case either way, though. The Billikens put up a gritty home win against a good Dayton team in their last outing, securing a little revenge for a 70-56 loss to the Flyers on February 10. Saint Louis has hit 65 or more points in six straight games, going 4-2 in that time. These teams have seen each other just once this season in a 63-62 Saint Louis win at Chaifetz Arena back on January 11. George Mason is riding high on this seven-game win streak, and this should be another close matchup. I like the Billikens to emerge with the win/cover in this one but I could easily see the Patriots pulling it off as well. Should be a fun one to watch. 

Andrew's Free Pick: Saint Louis Billikens -2.5

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Andrew has been writing about college, professional and fantasy sports betting since 2013. Andrew's goal is to break down the complicated numbers and trends into a language that's easily accessible to novice sports bettors and seasoned professionals alike.

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