George Washington takes on South Carolina in the consolation game of the Hall of Fame Tip-off Classic from the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Ct.
Colonials have issues
George Washington is 0-4 this season and things got off to a rough start when they lost to Stony Brook, 77-74 in overtime at home. They also fell to Siena at home by eight and then Virginia by 19 on the road on Nov. 11. On Friday, they opened their Hall of Fame Tip-Off semifinal game against Michigan with an 84-61 loss.
The Colonials have struggled on both ends of the floor this season. They allowed Michigan to shoot 50 percent from the floor and were outrebounded by seven. D.J. Williams led George Washington with 16 points on 7-of-16 shooting. On the season, the Colonials are averaging 63.2 points per game (325th) and shooting just 42.2 percent from the field (36.1% 3pt). They are allowing 76.5 points per game on 45.2 percent shooting (38.5% 3pt).
Gamecocks have had streaky start
South Carolina opened with a 65-52 win over South Carolina Upstate, before falling to Stony Brook at home, 83-81 on Nov. 9. They bounced back with an 81-64 win over Norfolk State on Nov. 13. On Friday, they fell to Providence, 76-67 in the semifinals of the Hall of Fame Tip-Off.
Hassani Gravett led the Gamecocks with 14 points and seven rebounds, while T.J. Moss added 12 points off the bench. The Gamecocks shot just 40 percent from the field and 6-of-25 from beyond the arc (24%). They were up by eight at the half but couldn’t hold onto the lead in the second half.
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The Gamecocks are led by A.J. Lawson, who averages 15 points and 4.5 assists per game. The team averages 73.5 points per game and 42.6 percent shooting. They allow 68.8 points pe game on 38.1 percent shooting (36.5% 3pt).
South Carolina is:
- 0-4 ATS last 4 overall.
George Washington is:
- 5-1 Over their last 6.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
George Washington has been dysfunction since Mike Lonergan was pushed out two years ago, so it’s been difficult to recruit. This is going to be a long season in Washington D.C. South Carolina should bounce back after a tough loss to Providence.
Prediction: South Carolina
Full-Game Total Pick
George Washington hasn’t scored much but they have still gone over in five of six games since last season. They don’t have the athletes to keep up with the Gamecock. Expect a pretty high-scoring affair.