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Saturday afternoon college hoops action features an Atlantic 10 battle between the Richmond Spiders and the George Mason Patriots. This series has been one-sided in recent years as George Mason has won seven of the last ten meetings, although these teams split two meetings last season. Richmond knocked off Davidson and the Patriots fell to George Washington last time these two took the court. Tip-off is set for approximately 2:30 PM ET from the EagleBank Arena for this showdown.
Spiders Slide Past DavidsonRichmond took care of business against Davidson last game, winning 70-64. The victory was their third in four games and was a perfect answer after their 74-58 loss in a poor all-around effort to Saint Louis. The Spiders have registered two quadrant-1 wins this season as well as one quadrant-2 win. Only one of their four losses were listed as a quadrant-3 loss while none of them were qualified as a quadrant-4 loss.
✅ Goose gets loose— Richmond Basketball (@SpiderMBB) January 17, 2020
✅ Sherod goes deep
✅ On the road again
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Jacob Gilyard leads the Richmond offense with 13.9 points per game. Nick Sherod averages 13.2 points and Grant Golden contributes 11.7 points with 7.5 rebounds a night as well. The Spiders snag 33.6 boards per contest and they shoot 46.1% as a team with 37.3% from deep. They commit 10.9 turnovers an outing and shoot 81.4% from the free throw line. Richmond' RPI ranking is 48th while their NET ranking is 61st and their Kenpom ranking is 77th in the NCAA.
Patriots Downward Slide ContinuesGeorge Mason was out-lasted by George Washington last time they took the court, falling 73-67 on the road. This handed them their fourth loss in five games after a sizzling 11-1 start to the campaign. The Patriots have yet to register either a quadrant-1 nor a quadrant-2 win so far this season. Two of their five losses were considered quadrant-3 losses while none have been registered as a quadrant-4 loss.
Jordan Miller heads the George Mason attack with 13 points per contest. Javon Greene contributes 12.4 points and AJ Wilson adds 11.2 points with 8.2 rebounds an outing as well. The Patriots grab 37.8 boards per game and they shoot 41.8% from the floor with 32% from three-point range. They commit 12.9 turnovers a night and convert 70.9% of their shots from the charity stripe. George Mason's RPI ranking is 98th while Kenpom lists them 154th and their NET ranking is 159th.
- George Mason is 1-4 ATS their last 5 games overall
- George Mason is 1-5 ATS their last 6 games versus an Atlantic 10 opponent
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- Richmond is 4-1 ATS their last 5 games versus an Atlantic 10 opponent
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
I am riding with the hot hand in the away team in this conference contest Saturday afternoon. Richmond has been playing extremely well as of late as they have won three of their last four games. George Mason has been on a downward slope recently as they have lost four of their last five contests. The Spiders offense averages 74.9 points an outing while the Patriots only score an average of 68 points per game. Richmond shoots free throws better than almost any team in the country as their 81.4% from the line is second in the NCAA which helps their case in close games. I believe that the Spiders's efficient offense and shooting can do more than enough for the team to cover this small spread and start another winning streak for the squad.
Prediction: Richmond Spiders -1.5
Full-Game Total Pick
I believe that this total has been set slightly too high as these teams both play at two of the slower paces in the country. Richmond comes into this one ranked 228th in the NCAA averaging 70.7 possessions per game. George Mason comes in ranked just under them at 258th in the nation with 69.9 possessions an outing themselves. Both of these squads have played well defensively as a whole this season as they only allow a combined average of 133.2 points per contest. The under has been about as close to a for sure thing as you will find in college basketball this season in the Spiders's games as they have played to the under in 12 of their 17 contests. I expect the solid defensive play mixed with the preferred slow tempo of either team to keep this game under the total Saturday afternoon.
Prediction: Under 134.5