The Cornell Big Red and the George Mason Patriots meet in college basketball action from EagleBank Arena on Wednesday night.
Cornell Remains Undefeated
The Cornell Big Red come into this one looking to build on their 3-0 start to the year after a 78-73 win over Fordham last time out. Cooper Noard leads the Big Red in scoring and rebounding with 13.7 PPG and 6.3 RPG while Sean Hansen has 12.7 PPG with 5 RPG and 2.3 APG. Nazir Williams has 11 PPG with 3 RPG and Chris Manon has 10.7 PPG with 3 APG and 2.3 SPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Cornell this season. Isaiah Gray also has a team-high 3.3 APG as well on the year to lead Cornell in assists. As a team, Cornell is averaging 89.7 PPG on 54.2% shooting from the field, 39% from three and 61.6% from the foul line.
George Mason Improves To 2-0
The George Mason Patriots come into this one looking to build off of their 67-45 win over Austin Peay last time out. Amari Kelly leads the Patriots in scoring with 15.5 PPG along with 6.5 RPG while Keyshawn Hall has 10.5 PPG with a team-high 10 RPG to lead the Patriots on the glass as the only other double-digit scorer for George Mason so far this season, averaging a double-double per game. Darius Maddox has 9.5 PPG with 5.5 RPG while Ronald Polite III has a team-high 3.5 APG to lead George Mason in the assist department this season. As a team, George Mason is averaging 69.5 PPG on 43.1% shooting from the field, 35.6% from three and 70% from the foul line this season.
I’m leaning towards George Mason here. Not my favorite game on the board for a betting opportunity, but the way I see it, Cornell does a lot of their damage at the free throw line and the Patriots haven’t really allowed either of their first two opponents to get there and the Patriots defend the floor pretty well as well. Cornell’s defense can have lapses and they find themselves in high-scoring games, but I think George Mason’s defense is the difference here so I’ll lean towards the Patriots in this one.