George Mason at Rhode Island
|Date & Time||Sunday January 13, 2019, 5:30 PM (EST)|
Rhode Island Rams -6 -- Over/Under: 138.5
The George Mason Patriots will travel to the Ryan Center to take on the Rhode Island Rams this Sunday night in College Basketball action.
The George Mason Patriots has their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 8-8 (2-1 A-10) on the season after being defeated by the Davidson Wildcats, 61-56, this past Wednesday. George Mason struggled offensively against the Wildcats defense and although they fought back from a 15-point 2nd half deficit to make it close game late, the Patriots couldn’t secure the come from behind victory. George Mason shot just 32.0% from the field & 10.0% from beyond the in the loss. Leading the way from the Patriots was Justin Kier who had a double-double with 26 points, 12 rebounds, 4 assists, & 3 steals.
On the season, George Mason is averaging 71.9 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field. The Patriots are averaging 6.6 three-pointers per game on 33.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, George Mason has been led by Justin Kier (14.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.3 apg, 2.1 apg), Otis Livingston II (13.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.1 spg), Jaire Grayer (10.0 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 1.3 apg), and Javon Greene (9.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.3 spg).
Defensively, George Mason is allowing their opponents to average 68.7 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Patriots have a rebound margin of 1.6 and a turnover margin of -0.2.
The Rhode Island Rams improved to 8-6 (1-1 A-10) on the season after defeating the Richmond Spiders, 78-67, this past Wednesday. Rhode Island was outstanding on the offensive end and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 66-47 lead with 10:04 left in regulation. Rhode Island shot 57.8% from the field & 44.4% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Rams was Jeff Dowtin who had 24 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Rhode Island is averaging 70.6 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Rams are averaging 5.6 three-pointers per game on 27.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Rhode Island has been led by Jeff Dowtin (16.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.6 spg), Fatts Russell (14.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.8 spg), Cyril Langevine (13.6 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.2 bpg), and Christion Thompson (7.4 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.7 spg).
Defensively, Rhode Island is holding their opponents to an average of 65.3 ppg on 40.7% shooting from the field. The Rams have a rebound margin of 4.5 and a turnover margin of 2.0.
The Patriots are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games vs. A-10 opponents. The Rams are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. A-10 opponents and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall.
George Mason has won 4 of their last 6 games and have been solid on both sides of the ball as they rank 157th in FG%, 111th in scoring defense, and 180th in defensive FG%. Rhode Island is 3-3 over their last 6 games and have been led by their defense that ranks 44th in scoring defense & 65th in defensive FG%.
Rhode Island has a solid defense and are a tough team when they are at home, however, George Mason has the talent to be a dark horse in the A-10 this season as they recently had double-digit victories over Saint Joseph’s & St. Bonaventure while almost upsetting Kansas State on the road. Rhode Island is nowhere near as talented as we’ve seen in recent years and as I think they’ll have their hands full with the Patriots duo of Kier & Livingston II, I’m taking George Mason and the points.