George Mason Patriots (10-13) at Fordham Rams (7-15)
|Date & Time||Wednesday February 7, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Fordham Rams -2.5 -- Over/Under: 138
The George Mason Patriots will travel to Rose Hill Gymnasium to take on the Fordham Rams this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.
The George Mason Patriots snapped their 4-game losing streak and improved to 10-13 (4-6 A-10) on the season after defeating the Richmond Spiders, 79-75, this past Saturday. George Mason used a 11-4 run to take a 56-43 lead with 12:18 left in regulation and held off a late Richmond charge to secure the upset victory. George Mason held Richmond to 38.0% shooting from the field and 19.0% (4-21) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Patriots was Otis Livingston II who had 22 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and a steal. On the season, George Mason is averaging 71.3 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Patriots are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 32.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, George Mason has been led by Otis Livingston II (17.1 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.2 apg), Jaire Grayer (14.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.5 spg), Justin Kier (11.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.4 spg), and Goanar Mar (10.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg). Defensively, George Mason is allowing their opponents to average 76.6 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Patriots have a rebound margin of 0.0 and a turnover margin of -1.9.
The Fordham Rams dropped to 7-15 (2-8 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the Saint Louis Billikens, 73-50, this past Saturday. Fordham’s offense couldn’t get anything going against the tough Saint Louis defense throughout the game and couldn’t fight back after the Billikens took a 55-35 lead with 8:13 left in regulation. Fordham shot 34.0% from the field and 29.4% (5-17) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Rams was Cavit Havsa who had 10 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block and 3 steals. On the season, Fordham is averaging 61.9 ppg on 40.9% shooting from the field. The Rams are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 29.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Fordham has been led by Will Tavares (14.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.2 spg), Prokop Slanina (11.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.4 spg, 1.1 bpg), Joseph Chartouny (11.1 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.5 apg, 3.3 spg), and Ivan Raut (8.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.4 apg). Defensively, Fordham is allowing their opponents to average 69.2 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Rams have a rebound margin of -10.0 and a turnover margin of 1.6.
The Patriots are 20-44-2 ATS in their last 66 games following an ATS win and just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Rams are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record however, are just 5-15 ATS in their last 20 games overall.
George Mason has won 3 of their last 7 games and have struggle don both sides of the ball this season as they Patriots rank just 249th in scoring offense and 277th in scoring defense. Fordham has lost 9 of their last 11 games and has had little to no success on the offensive end this season as the Rams currently rank 349th in scoring offense, 329th in FG%, and 348th in 3P-FG%. George Mason has picked up a few wins on the road, including their solid victory over Richmond this past weekend and as I just can’t trust this Fordham offense to be able to put up many points, I think Otis Livingston II and George Mason do enough to cover with the points in this one.