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Rhode Island vs. George Mason - 12/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

George Mason Patriots (6-7) at Rhode Island Rams (8-3)
Date & Time Saturday December 30, 2017, 4:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Rhode Island Rams -18 -- Over/Under: 139
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NCAA BB | George Mason Patriots (6-7) at Rhode Island Rams (8-3)

We have some college basketball action out of the A-10 on Saturday afternoon, as the George Mason Patriots take on the Rhode Island Rams. 

The George Mason Patriots will look to find some positive signs after dropping 6 of their last 9 games, but did take.a step in the right direction after an 86-79 win over Morgan State in their last outing. Justin Kier led the team with 22 points on 9 of 12 shooting with 6 rebounds, while Jaime Grayer came right behind with 19 points on 7 of 12 shooting with 5 threes. Goanar Mar and Otis Livingston II each added 14 points to round out the scoring in double figures for the Patriots in the win, with Mar added a team-high 7 rebounds, while Livingston II added a team-high 5 assists in the winning effort. Livingston II leads the team with an average of 14.2 points and 4.3 assists per game, while Grayer is the team’s leading rebounder with 8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, George Mason is scoring 68.4 points per game on 42.7% shooting from the field, 30.5% from behind the arc and 74% from the foul line this season.

The Rhode Island Rams will look to add to their 3 game winning streak after an 80-60 win over Florida Gulf Coast gave the Rams their 5th win in their last 6 games. E.C. Matthews led the team with 20 points on 5 of 9 shooting with 3 triples and a pair of steals. Jared Terrell came 2nd with 18 points on 5 of 10 shooting with a pair of threes and a team-high 6 assists. Stanford Robinson added 14 points with a team-high 7 rebounds, while Jeff Dowtin added 11 points with 6 assists of his own and Andre Berry added 10 points with a pair of blocks to finish the scoring in double digits for the Rams in the win. Terrell leads the team in scoring with an average of 17.8 points per game while Robinson is the team’s top rebounder with 6.1 rebounds per game and Dowtin leads the team in assists with 4.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Rhode Island is scoring 76 points per game on 46.3% shooting from the field, 36.3% from behind the arc and 71% from the foul line this season.

George Mason is 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 conference matchups and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games following a win. Rhode Island is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 conference matchups and 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 games overall while the over is 8-3 in their last 11 games following a win. George Mason is 2-5 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams. 

George Mason may not be the most consistent team in the world, but it should be worth noting that this is the biggest all-time spread between these two teams and that 4 of the 7 meetings have been decided by 3 points or less. Rhode Island looked good with Matthews returning to the lineup and the Rams will be one of the teams to beat in the A-10 this year, but in the end I think this is too many points as Rhode Island just seems to be an opponent that the Patriots get up for so I’ll take a shot with George Mason and the points.

George Mason +18

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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