The George Mason Patriots (12-8, 4-3 A-10) will be going for their second consecutive win when they face the VCU Rams (15-5, 6-1 A-10) on Wednesday night. The Patriots are coming off a 79-72 win over Rhode Island as two-point favorites. The Rams are coming off a 74-62 win over Richmond as 1.5-point underdogs.
VCU is 7-3 in its last 10 games against George Mason.
Patriots Going For Third Win In Four GamesThe Patriots bounced back from their loss to George Washington with a win over the Rams in their last game. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Rams, which will give them their second win in a row and third win in their last four games.
George Mason is averaging 71.5 points per game. They scored 79 points in their last game, making 54.5 percent of their field goals and 45 percent of their three-pointers.
Josh Oduro led the Patriots with 24 points, 14 rebounds, three assists, and three steals. DeVon Cooper finished with 20 points and three assists, while Victor Bailey Jr. added nine points and three assists.
George Mason has played well defensively, giving up 67.7 points per game. They gave up 72 points in their last game and will have to play better if they want to win this game.
Rams Going For Sixth Consecutive WinThe Rams are playing well at the moment and come into this game on a five-game winning streak. They will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Patriots, which will give them their sixth win in a row and increase their conference lead.
VCU is averaging 71.5 points per game. They scored 74 points in their last game, making 47.3 percent of their field goals and 36.4 percent of their three-pointers.
Jamir Watkins led the Rams with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Adrian Baldwin Jr. finished with 14 points, four rebounds, and five assists, while Brandon Johns Jr. added 12 points and four rebounds.
VCU has played well defensively, giving up 64.1 points per game. They gave up 62 points in their last game and will need a similar effort if they want to get the win.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
The Rams have won 10 of their last 11 games and 11 of their last 12 home games. They have played well offensively, especially at home where they are scoring more than 74 points per game while making 48 percent of their shots. They rebound the ball well and they’re aggressive on the offensive glass, which will give them more scoring chances. The Patriots usually play well defensively, but they struggled in recent road games, giving up at least 72 points in three of their last four road games, so expect them to have a hard time slowing down the Rams in this game. The Patriots have won three of their last five games, but they’ve struggled on the road and lost four of their last five games. They’ve struggled offensively on the road, scoring a little over 65 points per game. They’ve also struggled at the charity stripe, making less than 60 percent of their free throws. Their rebounding has been good, which will keep them in this game, but they’re very careless with the ball on the road, which will lead to easy-scoring opportunities for the Rams, who average 10 steals per game at home. With the Rams holding opponents under 63 points per game at home, expect them to keep the Patriots’ offense in check. Go with VCU to cover the spread.
Full-Game Total Pick
The Patriots are averaging 71.5 points per game and 65.9 points per game on the road. They averaged 71.6 points per game in their last three games against the Rams. They play at a slow pace, averaging 70.1 possessions per game, and they’re facing a team that is giving up 61.7 points per game at home, so expect them to be held under their average in this game. The Rams are averaging 71.5 points per game and 74.5 points per game at home. They averaged 77.6 points per game in their last three games against the Patriots. They play at a faster pace, averaging 71.6 possessions per game, and they’re facing a team that is giving up 70.1 points per game on the road, so don’t expect them to score enough points to push the score over the total.