VCU Rams vs George Mason Patriots Prediction, 1/6/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: VCU Rams vs George Mason Patriots
Date: Wednesday, January 6, 2021
Location: EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, VA
Odds/Point Spread: VCU (-7.5)
EagleBank Arena is the site where and the George Mason Patriots (5-3) will play the VCU Rams (8-2) on Wednesday. VCU opens this contest as 7.5-point favorites. The over/under has been set at 136.5.
VCU comes into this one with a mark of 8-2 for the season. They are averaging 77.7 pts per contest (92nd in the country) while shooting 47.8% from the field. The Rams are shooting 34.9% on shots from downtown (74 of 212) and 74.8% from the charity stripe. As a team, VCU is pulling in 34.4 rebounds per game and is sitting with 146 dimes on the year, which has them ranked 75th in college basketball in terms of passing the ball. They lose possession by turning the ball over 15.0 times per game and as a squad they are committing 19.7 fouls per game. On the defensive end, the Rams are forcing 18.8 turnovers every game and they draw 18.0 fouls. They give up 28.6% from 3-point land while they are 70th in D-1 in points per game allowed (64.6). The Rams are giving up a FG percentage of 39.6% (222 of 561) and they surrender 34.1 boards per contest as a basketball team. They rank 224th in college basketball in allowing assists with 119 relinquished so far this year.
The VCU Rams faced off with the Saint Joseph's Hawks and walked away with a win by a score of 80-64 in their last contest. VCU ended the game having earned a 46.4% FG percentage (26 of 56) and made 8 of their 19 three-point shots. At the charity stripe, the Rams buried 20 of their 31 shots for a percentage of 64.5%. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they compiled 31 with 11 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 8 assists in the matchup while getting 13 steals and 4 rejections. With respect to defending, VCU allowed their opponent to shoot 46.4% from the field on 26 out of 56 shooting. Saint Joseph's dished out 16 assists and had 2 steals for the contest. Furthurmore, the Hawks collected 31 boards (8 offensive, 23 defensive) and got 4 rejections. Saint Joseph's ended up shooting 76.0% when shooting free throws by converting 19 of their 25 tries. They also made 7 of their 24 shots from 3-point range.
Vince Williams is a player who came through in the game. He ended up scoring 17 points on 6 out of 11 shooting. He played 31 minutes and snagged 7 boards. Williams finished the contest at 54.5% from the floor and earned 3 dimes. One more player that had an impact in this matchup for the Rams was Adrian Baldwin. He grabbed 4 rebounds and accounted for 2 dimes. He finished the game at 57.1% from the field in the game by shooting 4-of-7 (12 points). When the final whistle blew, Baldwin played for 26 min.
George Mason has a mark of 5-3 on the season. George Mason has accounted for 578 points so far this season (72.3 per game) and they grab 36.5 rebounds per game. The Patriots commit 18.9 fouls per game while shooting 59.4% from the free throw line. When it comes to offensive execution, the Patriots are connecting on 43.4% from the field, which ranks 229th in college basketball. They are earning an assist 14.4 times per game (129th in the country) and they turn it over 13.8 times per game. The Patriots are ranked 227th in the nation in points given up per game with 72.1. They allow 10.5 assists and 35.9 boards every game, which has them ranked 41st and 205th in those categories on the defensive end. The George Mason defense concedes 38.3% on 3-pointers (62 of 162) and their opposition makes 74.4% of their shots from the charity stripe. They are forcing 15.1 turnovers per game and have let teams shoot 43.7% from the field (215th in college basketball).
In their last game, the George Mason Patriots took a defeat with a final score of 74-65 when they faced the Dayton Flyers. The Patriots snagged 20 defensive rebounds and 4 offensive boards for a total of 24 in the matchup. They also blocked 2 shots while getting 2 steals for this contest. The Flyers committed 13 fouls in this game which got the Patriots to the charity stripe for a total of 11 attempts. They were able to knock down 7 of them for a percentage of 63.6%. With regard to 3-point shots, George Mason buried 10 out of 23 tries (43.5%). When the game finished, the Patriots finished shooting 24 out of 52 from the field which gave them a percentage of 46.2%. The Patriots allowed the Flyers to knock down 27 out of their 50 tries from the field which gave them a percentage of 54.0% in this contest. They wrapped up this game 48.0% from downtown via 12 out of 25 and finished the game at 8 out of 11 at the free throw line (72.7%). When discussing how they cleaned up the glass, George Mason permitted Dayton to pull down 29 in total (4 offensive).
Tyler Kolek ended up having an impact for the Patriots in this game. He converted 6 of 11 in this matchup giving him a rate of 54.5%, which had him sitting at 16 points. Kolek grabbed 2 rebounds in his 29 minutes and had 3 assists in the game. An additional guy that was important for George Mason was Jordan Miller. He ended up finishing with 15 points in 35 minutes played via 4 of 9 from the floor in this matchup. Miller wrapped this one up going 44.4% from the field while also collecting 2 assists and 5 rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take VCU (-7.5)
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