George Washington Colonials (3-8) at Harvard Crimson (4-5)
|Date & Time||Saturday December 22, 2018, 2:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: Harvard Crimson -14.5 -- Over/Under: 138.5
The George Washington Colonials will travel to Lavietes Pavilion to take on the Harvard Crimson this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The George Washington Colonials improved to 3-8 on the season after defeating the Howard Bison, 70-64, on December 14th. George Washington went into halftime with a 32-22 lead and was able to hold off a late rally by the Bison to secure the victory. George Washington shot just 36.4% from the field and 35.0% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Colonials was DJ Williams who had 18 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 steals.
On the season, George Washington is averaging 63.6 ppg on 41.3% shooting from the field. The Colonials are averaging 5.9 three-pointers per game on 31.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, George Washington has been led by DJ Williams (14.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.0 spg), Terry Nolan Jr. (12.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 2.0 apg), Arnaldo Toro (10.1 ppg, 9.3 rpg), 1.4 spg), and Justin Mazzulla (8.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.1 spg).
Defensively, George Washington is allowing their opponents to average 71.9 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Colonials have a rebound margin of -5.5 and a turnover margin of -0.3.
The Harvard Crimson lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 4-5 on the season after being defeated by the Vermont Catamounts, 71-65, on December 8th. Harvard held the lead for the majority of the 2nd half agianst a very good Vermont team however, the defense struggled down the stretch and couldn’t fight back after Vermont took a 66-62 lead with 1:06 left in regulation. Harvard shot 49.0% from the field however, lost the turnover battle by a 21-7 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Crimson was Corey Johnson who had 17 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, and an assist.
On the season, Harvard is averaging 70.0 ppg on 49.4% shooting from the field. The Crimson are averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game on 36.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Harvard has been led by Chris Lewis (14.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.2 bpg), Justin Bassey (10.9 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.3 spg), Danilo Djuricic (10.0 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Christian Juzang (7.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.0 apg).
Defensively, Harvard is allowing their opponents to average 69.2 ppg on 42.8% shooting from the field. The Crimson have a rebound margin of 2.9 and a turnover margin of -4.7.
The Colonials are 3-9 ATS in their last 12 Saturday games and 5-20-1 ATS in their last 26 road games. The Crimson are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a straight up loss and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 non-conference games.
These teams might have similar records, however, there is no denying that Harvard is the better team even if they are still missing their best player in Seth Towns who is out indefinitely with a knee injury. Even without Towns, Harvard has been competitive in games at San Francisco, Saint Mary’s, and Vermont and currently rank 25th in FG% and 123rd in scoring defense. George Washington’s best win this season has come agianst Manhattan and the outlook doesn’t look great for the Colonials who rank 336th in scoring offense, 247th in defensive FG%, and 327th in rebound margin. Harvard might be a bit rusty coming out of the gates considering this is the first game they’ve played in two weeks, however, once the Crimson find their footing, I think they’ll easily pull away from the Colonials and cover this large home spread. Take Harvard to cover.