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George Washington vs. Valparaiso - 12/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Valparaiso Crusaders (5-4) at George Washington Colonials (2-7)
Date & Time Saturday December 8, 2018, 4:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: George Washington Colonials +2.5 -- Over/Under: 134
TV Channel
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NCAA BB | Valparaiso Crusaders (5-4) at George Washington Colonials (2-7)
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The Valparaiso Crusaders will travel to the Charles E. Smith Center to take on the George Washington Colonials this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Valparaiso Crusaders had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 5-4 on the season after being defeated by the High Point Panthers, 55-53, this past Tuesday night. Valparaiso fought back to tie the game at 53-all after trailing by a 53-46 margin with 2:37 left in regulation, however, couldn’t secure the come from behind victory after High Point’s Brandon Kamga hit the game-winning jumper for the Panthers with just one second remaining in regulation. Valparaiso shot just 32.7% from the field and 13.6% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Crusaders was Derrik Smits who had a double-double with 14 points, 12 rebounds, 2 blocks, and a steal.

On the season, Valparaiso is averaging 75.2 ppg on 47.3% shooting from the field. The Crusaders are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 31.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Valparaiso has been led by Derrik Smits (14.9 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 1.4 bpg), Ryan Fazekas (11.6 ppg, 4.4 rpg), Markus Golder (10.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.0 apg), and Deion Lavender (9.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.4 spg).

Defensively, Valparaiso is allowing their opponents to average 68.9 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Crusaders have a rebound margin of -0.8 and a turnover margin of 1.3.

The George Washington Colonials snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 2-7 on the season after defeating the Towson Tigers, 68-64, this past Wednesday. George Washington fought back from a 52-45 deficit midway through the 2nd half and pulled away for the victory after taking a 64-60 lead with 2:30 left in regulation. George Washington shot 50.0% from the field and 42.1% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Colonials was Terry Nolan Jr. who had 24 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.

On the season, George Washington is averaging 61.2 ppg on 40.1% shooting from the field. The Colonials are 5.7 three-pointers per game on 30.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, George Washington has been led by DJ Williams (14.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.0 apg), Terry Nolan Jr. (12.0 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.7 apg), Arnaldo Toro (10.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 1.4 spg), and Justin Mazzulla (6.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.9 apg).

Defensively, George Washington is allowing their opponents to average 71.7 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Colonials have a rebound margin of -6.3 and a turnover margin of -0.7.

The Crusaders are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games vs. a team with a losing home record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Colonials are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 3-8-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall.

We’ve been going against George Washington all season and I don’t think there is any reason why not to continue that trend with Valparaiso favored by just a few points. George Washington ranks just 339th in scoring offense, 314th in FG%, and 286th in 3P-FG% as I think the Valparaiso defense will give the Colonials some trouble, I think Valparaiso will be able to cover this small road spread.  

Pick:
Valparaiso Crusaders -2.5

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