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George Mason vs Loyola Chicago Pick & Preview: Saturday, February 4th Betting Odds
Patriots vs Ramblers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: George Mason Patriots at Loyola Chicago Ramblers
- Where: Chicago at Joseph J. Gentile Arena
- Date: Saturday, February 4th
- Betting Odds: George Mason -1.5, GMSN -125 | LOYCH +102 O/U 134.5
George Mason heads into this matchup having played 23 games and have an overall record sitting at 13-10. So far, the Patriots have played 7 games on the road, with a record of 1-6. This season, George Mason has been favored to win in 15 games, sitting with a mark of 11-4. For today’s contest, George Mason has a betting line set -1.5 points in their favor.
Josh Oduro comes into today’s game as the Patriots’ leading scorer at 15.17 points per contest. Not only has Oduro been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is George Mason’s top rebounder at 8.04 boards per contest. Behind Oduro, the team has benefited from the strong play of Victor Bailey Jr., who is second on the team in scoring at 12.26 points per game. Overall, he has hit 45.1% of his shots and is adding 3.35 boards per game.
Coming into today’s game, George Mason will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Patriots are ranked 216th at 70.7 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 427th ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, George Mason is close to the NCAA average at 35.7%.
Coming into today’s matchup, the Loyola Chicago Ramblers are in the middle of a 2 game losing streak and have an overall record of 7-14. Currently, the Ramblers have been the home team 11 times, sitting with a record of 5-6. So far, the Ramblers have been the underdog 11 times, going 2-9 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1.5 underdogs on the spread.
Philip Alston comes into today’s game as the Ramblers’ leading scorer at 14.9 points per contest. Not only has Alston been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Loyola Chicago’s top rebounder at 5.71 boards per contest. Behind Alston, the team has benefited from the strong play of Braden Norris, who is second on the team in scoring at 10.43 points per game. Overall, he has hit 41.4% of his shots and is adding 2.38 boards per game.
Coming into the game, Loyola Chicago is averaging 73.8, which is 122nd in the college basketball. A strength of the team’s offensive attack is their ability to knock down shots from deep. So far, the Ramblers are 61st in 3-point shooting percentage (38.2%). In terms of pace, Loyola Chicago perfers to slow the game down, averaging just 65.2 possessions per game.
Free Spread Prediction: Loyola Chicago Ramblers +1.5
Heading into this matchup between the George Mason Patriots and Loyola Chicago Ramblers we have a strong lean on taking the points with Loyola Chicago at +1.5. Both team’s are going to come into this game looking to get up looks from outside, as they are both average team’s in terms of 3-pointers made per game. Look for Loyola Chicago to benefit from facing another squad looking to turn this into a 3-point shooting contest. When looking at the line, we see tremendous value in taking the Loyola Chicago Ramblers at +1.5. Go ahead and lock this bet in before tip-off.