George Mason at George Washington
|Date & Time||Thursday March 14, 2019, 3:30 PM (EDT)|
George Mason Patriots -8 -- Over/Under: 137
The George Washington Colonials and George Mason Patriots will square off at the Barclays Center this Thursday afternoon in the 2nd round of the A-10 Men’s Championship.
The 12-seed George Washington Colonials kept their season alive and advanced to the 2nd round of the A-10 Men’s Championship after defeating the 13-seed UMass Minutemen, 68-64 in OT, on Wednesday afternoon. Both teams struggled offensively in this one and each had multiple opportunities to take a late lead at the end of regulation, however, the Colonials offense found some life at the beginning of OT and was able to hold off UMass after taking a 62-57 lead with 3:19 left in OT. George Washington shot just 31.3% from the field, however, did hold the Minutemen to just 35.9% shooting from the field and 28.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Colonials was Maceo Jack who had 19 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, and 3 seals.
Coming into their game against UMass, George Washington was averaging 63.6 ppg on 41.0% shooting from the field. The Colonials were averaging 5.9 three-pointers per game on 31.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, George Washington has been led by DJ Williams (14.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.2 apg), Maceo Jack (11.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg), Terry Nolan Jr. (10.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.0 spg), and Justin Mazzulla (9.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.0 spg).
Defensively, George Washington was allowing their opponents to average 72.0 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Colonials had a rebound margin of -3.8 and a turnover margin of -1.1.
The George Mason Patriots finished their regular season with an overall record of 17-14 and come into the A-10 Men’s Championship as the 5-seed after finishing conference play with a 11-7 record. George Mason started conference play on a roll as they Patriots started A-10 play with an impressive 7-1 record that included a 67-63 victory at Dayton, however, the Patriots struggled a bit down the stretch as they come into post-season play having lost 4 of their last 6 games. George Mason has been a pretty balanced team this season and come into this game ranked 150th in FG%, 138th in scoring defense, and T-141st in rebound margin.
On the season, George Mason is averaging 70.8 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Patriots are averaging 6.3 three-pointers per game on 33.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, George Mason has been led by Justin Kier (13.9 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.6 spg), Otis Livingston III (13.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.0 spg), Jordan Miller (10.7 ppg, 6.8 rpg), and Javon Greene (9.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.3 spg).
Defensively, George Mason is allowing their opponents to average 69.8 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Patriots have a rebound margin of 1.3 and a turnover margin of -0.2.
George Mason won both match-ups against the George Washington this season as the Patriots won by a 62-55 margin at home in late January and more recently defeated George Washington on the road by an 81-65 margin this past Saturday.
The Colonials are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall and just 2-8-2 ATS in their last 12 neutral site games. The Patriots are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games, however, just 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games overall.
George Washington has had a season to forget and although they were able to defeat UMass on Wednesday, this is still a Colonials team that came into postseason play, losing 9 of their last 10 games. George Mason struggled a bit down the stretch, however, this is a very solid team that has a great duo in Justin Kier & Otis Livingston III and I just don’t see George Washington being able to put up many points in this one, I’m taking George Mason to cover this spread.