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Massachusetts vs George Mason Pick & Preview: Wednesday, February 1st Betting Odds

Minutemen vs Patriots Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Massachusetts Minutemen at George Mason Patriots
  • Where: Fairfax at EagleBank Arena
  • Date: Wednesday, February 1st
  • Betting Odds: Massachusetts +4.5, UMASS +165 | GMSN -205 O/U 145.5

Minutemen Preview:

The Massachusetts will take the floor in today’s game in the middle of a 2 game win streak and have an overall record of 13-8. So far, the Minutemen have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 4-4. For the season, Massachusetts has been the underdog in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 5-4. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Minutemen being +4.5 point underdogs.

Leading up to game time, it will be important to keep a close watch on the injury report, as the Minutemen’s top scorer and rebounder Matt Cross is listed as questionable on the injury report. For the season, Cross is averaging 12.11 points and 6.84 boards. If Matt Cross isn’t able to take the floor, look for RJ Luis to be the lead candidate to take on a larger in the offense. So far, Luis has accounted for 14.07% of the team’s scoring at 11.21 points per game.

So far this season, Massachusetts has put together a strong scoring offense at 75.7 points per game (67th). This strong figure has come despite the Minutemen playing at a slow tempo compared to other schools. For the season, they have hit 37.0% of their shots from outside, which is closer to the NCAA average. Massachusetts’ overall field goal percentage currently sits at 43.3%

Patriots Preview:

Through 22 games, the George Mason Patriots have an overall record of 12-10. So far this season, George Mason has played 15 games at home, sitting with a record of 11-4. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Patriots as the -4.5 point favorites. The Patriots have been favored 14 times, going 10-4 straight up.

Josh Oduro comes into today’s game as the Patriots’ leading scorer at 15.18 points per contest. Not only has Oduro been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is George Mason’s top rebounder at 8.0 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 12.32 points per game. Overall, he has hit 45.2% of his shots and is adding 3.32 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%.

Free Spread Prediction: George Mason Patriots -4.5

If you are eying this matchup between Massachusetts Minutemen and George Mason Patriots as a candidate to place a bet, we have done the work for you and our model recommends taking George Mason to cover the spread as -4.5 favorites on the road. Although both team’s are going to look to get up shots from outside, we see George Mason shooting well enough to keep the Minutemen at bay. Before tip-off, lock in a bet on the Patriots’ to win the game and cover the spread.