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Dayton vs. George Mason - 1/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

George Mason at Dayton
Date & Time Wednesday January 23, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
UD Arena
Dayton, OH
The Line
Dayton Flyers -8 -- Over/Under: 142
TV Channel
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The George Mason Patriots and the Dayton Flyers meet in A-10 conference college basketball action from the UD Arena on Wednesday night.

The George Mason Patriots will look to build on their current 3-game winning streak following a 71-68 win over Fordham last time out. Justin Kier led the Patriots with 18 points on 7 of 13 shooting with a team-high 9 rebounds and 3 steals while Otis Livingston II added 17 points, a team-high 6 assists and a pair of steals as the only other George Mason player to score in double figures in the winning effort Jarred Reuter added 8 points and a team-high 9 rebounds as well in the victory. Kier leads George Mason with an average of 15.5 points and 6.9 rebounds per game while Livingston II leads the Patriots in assists with 4.6 assists per game this season. As a team, George Mason is averaging 72.3 points per game on 45.6% shooting from the field, 33.1% from behind the arc and 74.5% from the foul line this season.

The Dayton Flyers will look to build up some momentum and stay hot after winning 7 of their last 8 games following an 89-86 double overtime win. Ryan Mikesell led the Flyers with 21 points on 5 of 9 shooting with 3 threes and a perfect 8 of 8 mark from the foul line along with 6 rebounds while Jalen Crutcher added 15 points on 5 of 14 shooting with 4 threes and a team-high 6 assists. Josh Cunningham and Trey Landers each added 14 points with Cunningham adding 4 assists while Landers added a share of the team-lead with 8 rebounds. Jordan Davis added 13 points and 8 rebound of his own with 4 steals while Obi Toppin chipped in 10 points on a perfect 5 of 5 from the floor to finish off the scoring in double figures for the Flyers in the win. Cunningham leads Dayton in scoring with 15.6 points per game while Landers leads the Flyers on the glass with 7.6 rebounds per game and Crutcher leads Dayton in assists with 6 assists per game this season. As a team, Dayton is averaging 75.4 points per game with the 4th-best field goal percentage in the country, shooting 50.6% from the field, in addition to a 33.5% mark from 3-point range and 68.1% from the foul line this season.

George Mason is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. Dayton is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 games overall while the over is 26-10 in their last 36 conference games. George Mason is 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

The Patriots haven’t had much luck against the Flyers over the last couple of years, but a lot of that came when George Mason was average at best in A-10 play. However, George Mason is off to a flying 5-1 start in conference play this year and are not only 5-1 ATS away from home, but are also 4-2 SU on the road. I’m not sure the Patriots get the win here as Dayton is 9-1 at home this year straight up, but the Flyers haven’t been the most consistent team in terms of covering the number. I think this game could go down to the wire but either way, I think George Mason is more than capable of keeping this one within the number, so I’ll take the Patriots and the points here.

George Mason +8

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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