Richmond Spiders vs George Mason Patriots Prediction, 1/9/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Richmond Spiders vs George Mason Patriots
Date: Saturday, January 9, 2021
Location: EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, VA
Odds/Point Spread: Richmond (-6)
The Richmond Spiders (8-3) are headed to EagleBank Arena on Saturday where they'll take on the George Mason Patriots (5-4). Richmond opens this matchup as 6-point favorites. The O/U opens at 146.
Richmond enters this contest with a mark of 8-3 for the season. They are averaging 75.8 pts per contest (119th in the country) while connecting on 49.2% from the floor. The Spiders are shooting 34.5% on three-point shots (77 of 223) and 69.7% from the free throw line. As a team, Richmond is collecting 29.9 rebounds per game and has racked up 162 assists this year, which ranks 54th in the nation in terms of passing. They turn it over 10.9 times per contest and as a unit are committing 15.5 fouls every game. When they are on defense, the Spiders are able to force 14.9 turnovers on a nightly basis while drawing 15.8 fouls. They are giving up 31.8% on 3-point shots and they rank 212th in Division 1 in opponents PPG (71.5). The Spiders defense is giving up a FG percentage of 46.9% (300 of 639) and they surrender 35.6 boards per game as a team. They are ranked 248th in the nation in allowing assists to their opponents with 131 conceded for the campaign.
The Richmond Spiders played the Rhode Island Rams and walked away with a win by a score of 80-73 in their last game. Richmond ended the contest having earned a 45.3% FG percentage (29 out of 64) and made 8 of their 18 three-point shots. From the charity stripe, the Spiders knocked down 14 of their 17 tries for a percentage of 82.4%. When talking about pulling down rebounds, they collected 27 with 7 of them being offensive. They also dished out 16 dimes in the game in addition to earning 7 steals and 2 rejections. When discussing the defense, Richmond allowed the other team to shoot 45.3% from the field on 29 out of 64 shooting. Rhode Island distributed 10 dimes and had 3 steals for the contest. Additionally, the Rams had 35 rebounds (7 offensive, 28 defensive) and added 2 blocked shots. Rhode Island walked away from this one shooting 56.3% when shooting free throws by making 9 of their 16 shots. They also converted 6 of their 15 tries from beyond the arc.
Jacob Gilyard is one player who was a contributor for the game. He ended up with 22 points on 6 out of 10 shooting. He played for 37 mins played and snagged 2 rebounds. Gilyard shot 60.0% from the floor and recorded 4 assists. One more player that was a contributor in this contest for the Spiders was Grant Golden. He collected 9 rebounds and also tallied 5 assists. He finished shooting 53.3% from the floor for the game by going 8-of-15 (17 points). Overall, Golden was on the court for 34 minutes.
George Mason has a win-loss mark of 5-4 for the season. George Mason has totaled 639 points this season (71.0 per game) and they pull down 36.4 rebounds per game. The Patriots are committing 18.2 fouls per game and they hit 61.1% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the ball, the Patriots are shooting 42.8% from the floor, which has them ranked 244th in college hoops. They are dishing out assists 13.6 times per game (182nd in college basketball) and they cough up possession 14.0 times per contest. The Patriots defensively are ranked 208th in college basketball in points allowed per game with 71.4. The George Mason defense allows 38.0% on shots from beyond the arc (68 of 179) and opponents are making 73.9% of their shots from the charity stripe. They have surrendered 10.7 assists and 35.9 rebounds per game, which ranks 46th and 206th in college hoops. They have forced 15.1 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 43.8% from the field (220th in D-1).
In their last game, the George Mason Patriots walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 66-61 when they played the VCU Rams. The Patriots earned 23 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive boards for a total of 34 for this game. They also stuffed 3 shots while getting 9 steals for this game. The Rams committed 18 personal fouls for the contest which got the Patriots to the charity stripe for 20 shots. They were able to make 15 of the free throws for a percentage of 75.0%. In terms of 3-point attempts, George Mason knocked down 4 of 15 attempts (26.7%). When the final whistle was blown, the Patriots finished shooting 21 for 56 from the field which had them at 37.5%. The Patriots permitted the Rams to knock down 26 of 58 tries from the field which had them at 44.8% for this game. They finished shooting 35.3% from downtown by shooting 6 of 17 and finished the game at 8 of 12 from the free throw line (66.7%). In relation to how they cleaned up the glass, George Mason permitted VCU to pull down 32 in total (8 on the offensive glass).
Josh Oduro pitched in for the Patriots in this contest. He converted 5 of 9 for the matchup giving him a rate of 55.6%, which had him finishing with 13 points. Oduro grabbed 9 rebounds in his 33 mins and had 2 assists for the matchup. An additional guy that was important for George Mason was Tyler Kolek. He notched 12 points in his 33 minutes played by going 4 out of 9 from the floor in this contest. Kolek ended the game having shot 44.4% from the floor as well as earning 2 assists and 2 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Richmond (-6)
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