Belmont Bruins vs George Mason Patriots Prediction, 11/27/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Belmont Bruins vs George Mason Patriots
Date: Friday, November 27, 2020
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC
Odds/Point Spread: Belmont (-1.5)
The George Mason Patriots (17-15 last year) host the Belmont Bruins (26-7 last season) at Walter E. Washington Convention Center on Friday. Belmont opens this game as 1.5-point favorites. The O/U is set at 147.
Belmont enters this matchup after finishing with a record of 26-7 last season. They had an average of 79.6 pts per contest (14th in Division 1) while shooting 47.5% from the floor. The Bruins connected on 35.2% on shots from downtown (320 of 908) and 71.3% from the free throw line. As a group, Belmont grabbed 37.3 rebounds per contest and had 604 assists last season, which was 1st in Division 1 in terms of passing. They gave up possession 11.9 times per contest and as a group committed 15.1 personal fouls on a nightly basis. When they were on defense, the Bruins were able to force their opponents into 14.3 turnovers per game and they drew 14.5 personal fouls. They were 186th in the nation in allowing assists to the opposition with 398 conceded over the course of last year. The Bruins defense allowed an opponent FG percentage of 41.6% (846 of 2,033) and they conceded 36.7 rebounds per contest as a team. They surrendered 33.0% on 3-point attempts and they were ranked 139th in Division 1 in PPG allowed (67.9).
The Belmont Bruins played the Murray State Racers and earned the victory with a final of 76-75 in their last contest. Belmont walked away from the game having earned a 46.9% field goal percentage (30 out of 64) and buried 5 out of their 21 3-point shots. From the free throw line, the Bruins made 11 of 15 tries for a percentage of 73.3%. In regard to grabbing rebounds, they earned 32 with 8 of them being offensive. They also recorded 15 dimes in the matchup while earning 4 steals and 3 blocks. In regard to defense, Belmont allowed the other team to shoot 46.9% from the field on 30 out of 64. Murray State earned 19 dimes and 2 steals in this contest. Furthurmore, the Racers pulled down 29 boards (7 offensive, 22 defensive) and got 3 rejections. Murray State finished the game shooting 81.3% at the free throw line by converting 13 of 16 shots. They converted 6 of their 17 tries from beyond the arc.
Tyler Scanlon is someone who saw a lot of action for the contest. He recorded 17 points on 7 out of 10 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 38 mins and also grabbed 4 boards. Scanlon finished 70.0% from the field and earned 2 assists. Someone else that saw a lot of minutes in this game for the Bruins was Adam Kunkel. He snagged 2 boards and also had 5 assists. He went 37.5% from the floor for the contest by going 6-of-16 (16 points). At the conclusion of this game, Kunkel played 35 min.
George Mason had a mark of 17-15 last year. As an offense, the Patriots shot 42.4% from the floor, which was ranked 252nd in the nation. George Mason scored 2,148 pts throughout last year (67.1 per contest) and they pulled in 37.3 rebounds per game. Their rate of earning assists was at 10.9 times per contest (323rd in the country) and they turned it over 13.6 times per game. The Patriots committed 16.8 fouls per game and they went 69.1% from the free throw line. The Patriots defensively were ranked 132nd in D-1 in points allowed per contest with 67.8. The George Mason defense gave up 31.5% on 3-pointers (218 of 692) and their opponents knocked down 66.3% of their free throw attempts. They forced their opponents into 12.8 TO's per game and allowed teams to shoot 43.6% from the field (218th in D-1). They allowed 12.3 dimes and 33.8 boards every game, which ranked them 162nd and 120th in those defensive categories.
When they last stepped on the court, the George Mason Patriots went home victorious with a score of 77-70 when they played the Saint Joseph's Hawks. The Patriots were able to corral 33 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards totaling 44 for the game. They also rejected 4 shots while earning 2 steals for this contest. The Hawks committed 21 fouls in the game which got the Patriots to the free throw line for a total of 28 tries. They were able to bury 16 of them for a percentage of 57.1%. When discussing shooting from distance, George Mason knocked down 3 of 14 tries (21.4%). When all was said and done, the Patriots shot 29 for 60 from the floor which gave them a rate of 48.3%. The Patriots allowed the Hawks to make 26 of their 63 tries from the floor which had them at 41.3% for the contest. They finished 30.3% from 3-point land by hitting 10 out of 33 and ended up going 8 of 14 at the charity stripe (57.1%). With respect to cleaning the glass, George Mason allowed Saint Joseph's to pull down 24 in total (5 on the offensive glass).
Javon Greene was pivotal for the Patriots in this game. He knocked down 3 of 13 for this game giving him a rate of 23.1%, which gave him 14 points. Greene totaled 9 boards in his 40 minutes and had 2 dimes in this contest. An additional guy that ended up coming through for George Mason was Jordan Miller. He was able to score 19 points in his 38 minutes on the hardwood by way of 8 of 13 from the floor in this matchup. Miller ended up shooting 61.5% from the floor while also earning 2 dimes and 7 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Belmont (-1.5)
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