George Mason Patriots vs Saint Louis Billikens Prediction, 3/9/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: George Mason Patriots vs Saint Louis Billikens
Date: Thursday, March 9, 2023
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY
TV: USA Net
Odds/Point Spread: George Mason (+3)
Barclays Center is the site where the Saint Louis Billikens (20-11) will meet the George Mason Patriots (19-12) on Thursday. George Mason opens this game as 3-point dogs from oddsmakers. The total has been set at 143.5.
The George Mason Patriots played Richmond and walked away with a win by a score of 62-60 in their last game. George Mason walked away from the game having earned a 46.0% field goal percentage (23 out of 50) and converted 4 out of their 20 shots from distance. At the charity stripe, the Patriots converted 12 of 16 shots for a rate of 75.0%. In the matter of getting rebounds, they compiled a total of 28 with 5 of them being offensive. They also recorded 11 assists for the contest in addition to forcing the other team into 12 turnovers and getting 4 steals. When discussing defending, George Mason allowed the other team to shoot 37.8% from the field on 17 out of 45 shooting. Richmond doled out 9 dimes and had 7 steals for the matchup. On top of that, Richmond collected 26 boards (8 offensive, 18 defensive), but didn't notch a block. Richmond finished the game at 70.0% at the charity stripe by knocking down 21 of 30 tries. They made 5 of their 17 shots from beyond the arc. In regard to personal fouls, the Patriots finished with 24 and Richmond totaled 19 personal fouls.
Davonte Gaines is one player who came through in this contest. He finished with 23 points on 8 of 13 shooting. He was on the court for 32 mins played and pulled down 8 boards. He ended up going 61.5% from the field and distributed 1 assist.
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George Mason will take the court with a mark of 19-12 for the year. They currently have an average of 69.4 points per game (236th in college basketball) while connecting on 45.5% from the field. The Patriots are hitting 35.5% from downtown (230 of 648) and 64.5% from the charity stripe. As a team, George Mason is grabbing 36.1 rebounds per game and is sitting with 432 assists this year, which has them ranked 131st in the nation in terms of passing the ball. They turn it over 13.7 times per game and as a unit they commit 17.5 fouls per contest.
On the defensive end, the Patriots are able to force 11.6 turnovers every game while drawing 19.4 fouls. They are currently ranked 38th in college basketball in allowing assists to their opponents with 331 relinquished so far this season. The Patriots defense is giving up a shooting percentage of 42.2% (744 of 1,763) and they relinquish 32.7 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They are giving up 30.4% on 3-point attempts while they are 95th in D-1 in PPG allowed (67.1).
The last time they took the court, the Saint Louis Billikens took home the win by a final score of 65-61 when they played Dayton. The Billikens were able to snag 28 defensive boards and 12 offensive rebounds totaling 40 in this matchup. They also coughed it up 7 times, while recording 2 steals in the matchup. Dayton had 11 personal fouls for the game which took the Billikens to the charity stripe for a total of 9 tries. They were able to knock down 9 of those for a clip of 100.0%. With regard to shooting from distance, Saint Louis converted 6 of 19 tries (31.6%). When the final whistle blew, the Billikens shot 25 out of 59 from the floor which gave them a rate of 42.4%. The Billikens allowed Dayton to make 24 out of their 65 attempts from the floor which left them with a shooting percentage of 36.9% in the matchup. They finished 33.3% from 3-point land by hitting 8 of 24 and ended up going 5 out of 8 from the free throw line (62.5%). When talking about how they cleaned up the glass, Saint Louis permitted Dayton to snag 30 in total (9 on the offensive glass).
Javonte Perkins ended up being a factor for the Billikens for the game. He knocked down 5 out of 11 for this game for a field goal rate of 45.5%, and had 3 rebounds. He accumulated 17 points in his 33 mins on the court, but finished this game without an assist.
Saint Louis has a record of 20-11 so far this season. When it comes to executing on offense, the Billikens are hitting on 46.4% from the floor, which ranks 73rd in the nation. Saint Louis has earned 2,333 points for the campaign (75.3 per game) and they pull down 38.4 boards per game. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 16.2 times per game (20th in the nation) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 12.1 times per contest. The Billikens have committed 16.9 fouls per game and they connect on 73.4% from the charity stripe.
The Billikens are ranked 209th in college basketball in PPG given up with 71.1. They are able to force 10.5 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 41.1% from the field (39th in D-1). The Saint Louis defense allows 33.6% on three-point shots (241 of 717) and their opponents are making 72.8% of their foul shots. They have allowed 13.0 dimes and 33.7 boards on a nightly basis, which has them ranked 203rd and 162nd in D-1.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take George Mason (+3)
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