George Mason at Richmond
|Date & Time||Wednesday February 6, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
George Mason Patriots -1 -- Over/Under: 138.5
The George Mason Patriots and the Richmond Spiders meet in A-10 conference college basketball action from the Robins Center on Wednesday night.
The George Mason Patriots come into this game looking to rebound after having their 5-game winning streak snapped thanks to a 79-63 loss to VCU in their last outing. Jarred Reuter led the Patriots with 15 points on a perfect 6 of 6 shooting form the floor while Jordan Miller added 14 points on 6 of 8 shooting with a team-high 13 rebounds. Greg Calixte added 13 points while Otis Livingston II chipped in 10 points with a team-high 4 assists to round out the quartet of double-digit scorers for GMU in the loss. Justin Kier was held to just 5 points on 1 of 10 shooting but still leads the Patriots with an average of 14.7 points and 6.8 rebounds per game while Livingston II leads George Mason in assists with 4.4 assists per game this season. As a team, George Mason is averaging 71.2 points per game on 45.3% shooting from the field, 31.8% from behind the 3-point line and 72.1% from the foul line this season.
The Richmond Spiders are in dire need of a win after losing 5 of their last 6 games and 7 of their last 9 following a 66-58 loss to La Salle in their last outing. Jacob Gilyard led Richmond with 20 points on 8 of 16 shooting with a pair of threes while Grant Golden and Nathan Cayo each had 12 points, with Golden shooting 4 of 8 with team-highs of 6 rebounds and 5 assists while Cayo shot 6 of 10 with 4 blocks and a pair of steals to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Richmond in the losing effort. Golden leads Richmond with an average of 17.7 points and 7 rebounds per game while Gilyard leads the Spiders in assists with 4.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Richmond is averaging 69.6 points per game on 46.8% shooting from the field, 32.3% from behind the 3-point line and 67.8% from the foul line this season.
George Mason is 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 games overall. Richmond is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games while the over is 20-8 in their last 28 conference games. George Mason is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
Stomaching a road favorite in conference play can be difficult when teams are fighting for positioning and home court can sometimes make all the difference. However, with this line at a pick ‘em, it’s sometimes a gift and a blessing rather than a curse. George Mason was on a fine run before having their winning streak snapped, and a loss to VCU is nothing to be ashamed of. Richmond has had issues this entire season, and a loss at home to a below average La Salle team isn’t going to help matters. Add in the Patriots’ success in this matchup, and I think you have to side with George Mason to pick up the road win here.