The George Mason Patriots and Rhode Island Rams meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Ryan Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The George Mason Patriots Preview
The George Mason Patriots are averaging 71.1 points on 46.6 percent shooting and allowing 67.5 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Josh Oduro is averaging 14.4 points and 7.8 rebounds, while Victor Bailey Jr. is averaging 12.4 points and 3.6 rebounds. Ronald Polite III is the third double-digit scorer and DeVon Cooper is grabbing 3.8 rebounds. The George Mason Patriots are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 64.1 percent from the free throw line. The George Mason Patriots are allowing 30.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34 rebounds per game.
The Rhode Island Rams Preview
The Rhode Island Rams are averaging 66.7 points on 39.7 percent shooting and allowing 69.5 points on 41.5 percent shooting. Ishmael Leggett is averaging 15.9 points and 2.6 assists, while Brayon Freeman is averaging 13.6 points and 2.8 rebounds. Malik Martin is grabbing 6.4 rebounds and Jalen Carey is grabbing 5.2 rebounds. The Rhode Island Rams are shooting 29.6 percent from beyond the arc and 74.5 percent from the free throw line. The Rhode Island Rams are allowing 30.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34 rebounds per game.
The Patriots are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 road games. The Rams are 6-13 ATS in their last 19 home games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The over is 33-16 in Patriots last 49 road games. The over is 4-0 in Rams last 4 home games. The favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
Randy’s Free Pick
The Rhode Island Rams are just not a good team no matter how you slice it, and that includes at home, where they win by an average of just 0.2 points. George Mason plays a lot of games close to the vest, but also wins in the favorite role by an average of 6.8 points. I want nothing to do with the struggle of Rhode Island. I'll lay the bucket with the road team.