Check out our free Richmond vs George Mason pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Fairfax. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Richmond vs George Mason Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 31st Betting Odds

Spiders vs Patriots Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Richmond Spiders at George Mason Patriots
  • Where: Fairfax at EagleBank Arena
  • Date: Saturday, December 31st
  • Betting Odds: Richmond +3, RICH +131 | GMSN -161 O/U 131.5

Spiders Preview:

The Richmond Spiders head into today’s game in what will be their 14th game of the season, posting a record of 7-6. On the road, the Spiders will be playing their 6th game of the season, having gone 1-5. So far, the Spiders have been the underdog 6 times, going 2-4 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +3 underdogs on the spread.

Richmond will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Tyler Burton who is averaging 19.0 points per game for the Spiders. Burton 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 Spiders’ offensive gameplan is the play of Jason Nelson who has hit 38.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.31 points per game.

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Offensive production has been hard to come by for Richmond this season, as they are currently ranked 181st in college basketball at 71.7 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Spiders’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.8%, placing them 272nd in the NCAA.

Patriots Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Richmond, the George Mason Patriots will be taking the floor for the 14th time this season and have an overall record of 8-5. So far this season, George Mason has played 10 games at home, sitting with a record of 8-2. The Patriots’ are sitting with a betting line that is -3 points in their favor. For the season, George Mason has been favored to win in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 6-2.

George Mason will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Victor Bailey Jr. who is averaging 13.0 points per game for the Patriots. Jr. 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 Patriots’ offensive gameplan is the play of Josh Oduro who has hit 51.2% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.92 points 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: Richmond Spiders +3

A key to this matchup, will be 3-point shooting. Coming into the game, both George Mason and Richmond are excellent 3-point shooting teams, averaing 9.33 and 8.11 made 3’s per game, respectively. In terms of the odds, we like the Richmond Spiders to cover as +3 point dogs. Look for their defense to do a good enough job closing out on the Patriots’ outside shooters to make things difficult for George Mason. At +3 we like the chances of Richmond covering the spread as underdogs.

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