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UMass vs. George Washington - 2/14/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
George Washington Colonials (10-15) at UMass Minutemen (11-14)
Date & Time Wednesday February 14, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: UMass Minutemen -5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
E Sports Network
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NCAA BB | George Washington Colonials (10-15) at UMass Minutemen (11-14)
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The George Washington Colonials and Massachusetts Minutemen meet Wednesday in college basketball action at the William D. Mullins Memorial Center.

The George Washington Colonials could use a win here after losing five of their last six games. The George Washington Colonials are averaging 64.6 points on 42.7 percent shooting and allowing 70.6 points on 46.3 percent shooting. Yuta Watanabe is averaging 15.6 points and 6.4 rebounds while Jair Bolden is averaging 11.7 points and 3.1 assists. Patrick Steeves is the third double-digit scorer and Terry Nolan Jr. is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The George Washington Colonials are shooting 31 percent from beyond the arc and 69.8 percent from the free throw line. The George Washington Colonials are allowing 37.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.4 rebounds per game. The George Washington Colonials haven’t won a road game since March 1 of last year. 

The Massachusetts Minutemen also need a win after losing six of their last seven games. The Massachusetts Minutemen are averaging 71 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 73.1 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Luwane Pipkins is averaging 20.5 points and 3.8 assists while Carl Pierre is averaging 12.3 points and 2.1 rebounds. Rashaan Holloway is grabbing 4.9 rebounds and C.J. Anderson is dishing 5.1 assists. The Massachusetts Minutemen are shooting 39 percent from beyond the arc and 74.1 percent from the free throw line. The Massachusetts Minutemen are allowing 34.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30.5 rebounds per game. The Massachusetts Minutemen have split their last eight home games.

The Colonials are 4-16-1 ATS in their last 21 road games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 vs. Atlantic 10 and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Minutemen are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Atlantic 10 and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Colonials are 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings and the over is 4-0 in the last 4 meetings.

The George Washington Colonials have won each of the last four games against UMass and seven of the last 10 overall. The Massachusetts Minutemen are also in terrible form right now and are allowing 52.7 percent shooting in their last five games. But the George Washington Colonials aren't playing any better, as they're being otuscored by nine points in their last five games and 17.9 points on the road this season overall. George Washington is shooting just 38.9 percent from the field this season on the road. It's hard to make a case for the Colonials when you throw out those numers. I have to side with Massachusetts if forced to bet this game.

Pick:
UMass Minutemen -5

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