Check out our free Massachusetts vs George Washington pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Washington. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Massachusetts vs George Washington Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds
Minutemen vs Colonials Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Massachusetts Minutemen at George Washington Colonials
- Where: Washington at Charles E. Smith Center
- Date: Saturday, January 7th
- Betting Odds: Massachusetts -1.5, UMASS -125 | GEOWS +103 O/U 152.5
Massachusetts will take the floor against the Colonials with an overall record of 10-4. So far, the Minutemen have played 5 games on the road, with a record of 4-1. This season, Massachusetts has been favored to win in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 7-2. For today’s contest, Massachusetts has a betting line set -1.5 points in their favor.
Matt Cross comes into today’s game as the Minutemen’s leading scorer at 11.0 points per contest. Not only has Cross been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Massachusetts’ top rebounder at 6.38 boards per contest. Behind Cross, the team has benefited from the strong play of T.J Weeks, who is second on the team in scoring at 8.79 points per game. Overall, he has hit 42.6% of his shots and is adding 4.29 boards 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%
George Washington heads into this matchup having played 15 games and have an overall record sitting at 7-8. So far this season, George Washington has played 9 games at home, sitting with a record of 6-3. For the season, George Washington has been the underdog in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 1-6. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Colonials being +1.5 point underdogs.
George Washington will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer James Bishop who is averaging 22.07 points per game for the Colonials. Bishop is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Colonials’ offensive game plan is the play of Brendan Adams who has hit 48.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 16.27 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for George Washington this season, as they are currently ranked 293rd in college basketball at 68.4 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Colonials’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.7%, placing them 274th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Massachusetts Minutemen -1.5
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Massachusetts Minutemen to pick up the win and cover the spread as -1.5 point betting favorites. Although Massachusetts as a team is just 275th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Colonials’ defense. In addition, the Minutemen have made bettors money who have taken them to cover on the road, as they are 6-3-1 (last 10). At -1.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Minutemen to come out on top and cover.