College basketball action on Wednesday and a pair of teams from the Atlantic 10 Conference will square off as the George Washington Colonials duke it out with the Massachusetts Minutemen at William D. Mullins Memorial Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. The Colonials enter off a 72-65 loss to George Mason on the road and are now at 3-9 in league play, while the Minutemen have dropped to 4-8 in the Atlantic 10 after losing to St Joe’s on the road by a score of 85-73. These teams have not yet played each other this year.
Road Woes Continue For The Colonials
The George Washington Colonials are just 10-15 on the year overall and they are in last place in the Atlantic 10 with a 3-9 record and a big part of their struggles this year has been their play on the road. The Colonials come in off a 72-65 loss to George Maron on the road and they have now gone 0-8 in their true road and they have also gone 0-2 in their neutral site games. It was the first time that George Mason beat the Colonials as members of the A-10. This team just can’t win away from home right now. They have averaged just 58.2 ppg and have allowed 76.1 ppg in their true road games so far, so they have really been blasted in most of their road games this year. The loss to George Mason was their closest road loss of the year, but still, it was a loss. The Colonials shot just 43.1% from the field overall in the game, incluhey showed it in that game. Leading their attack in the game was Yuta Watanabe (15.6 ppg), who had 19 points along with 12 boards, ding just 33.3% of their shots from long range and they also missed eight free throws as well. This is not a good offensive team and twhile Jair Bolden (11.7 ppg) had 11 to round out their double-digit scorers in the game. On defense, they allowed the Patriots to hit just 40.4% of their shots overall but also allowed them to 41.2% of their shots from long range. This game could have been more of a blowout, but the Patriots did miss 13 free throws in the game. The Colonials have averaged 63.8 ppg and have allowed 74.3 ppg in their league games this year.
George Washington has been very poor on offense so far as they enter this contest ranked 335th in the nation in scoring, putting up 64.6 ppg, while also ranking 276th in shooting (42.7%), 330th in 3-point shooting (31.0%) and 232nd in free throw shooting (69.8%). At the defensive end of the court, they have been decent so far as they enter this contest ranked 136th in the nation in points allowed, giving up 70.6 ppg, while also ranking 290th in defensive FG% (46.3%) and 314th in 3-point defense (37.7%).
Another Bad Defensive Effort For The Minutemen
The UMass Minutemen are really struggling at the moment as they come in having lost six of their last seven games and the defense has been an issue for them of late as they have allowed at least 82 points in each of their last four losses. They may not have to worry about their defense struggling too much in this one as the Colonials have averaged just 58.1 ppg in their true road games this year. The Minutemen come in off an 85-73 loss to St Joe’s on the road and that loss dropped them to just 4-8 in league play and just 11-14 overall. The defense really struggled against the Hawks as they allowed 85 points on 46.2% shooting from the field overall, including 37.0% from long range and they forced the Hawks into just seven turnovers while committing 13 of their own. The offense played well in the game as the hit 45.2% of their shots from the field overall, including 56.0% of their shots from long range, but they were outscored 15-3 at the charity stripe, which along with turnovers, was the difference in the game. Leading their attack in the game was Luwane Pipkins (20.5 ppg) and Carl Pierre (12.3 ppg) who both had 21, while also scoring in double figures in the game was C.J. Anderson (8.8 ppg), who had 14. The Minutemen have averaged 70.6 ppg and have allowed 78.8 ppg in league play this year so far.
The Minutemen have not been great on offense so far as they come into this game ranked 252nd in the nation in scoring, putting up just 71.0 ppg, while also ranking 175th in shooting (44.8%), 30th in 3-point shooting (39.0%) and 75th in free throw shooting (74.1%). At the defensive end of the court, they have been below average as they have allowed 73.1 ppg, which is 197th in the nation, while also ranking 237th in defensive FG% (44.8%) and 188th in 3-point defense (34.8%).
George Washington is:
- The Under is 6-1 in their last seven road games vs. a team with a winning home record
- The Under is 6-1 in their last seven road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600
- None Available
The Colonials have really struggled on the road this year and their offense has been the problem for them in those games as they have averaged just 58.1 ppg in their true road games so far. The Minutemen have been horrible on defense of late, but they will not be in this game. They have allowed just 70.8 ppg at home and I don’t see the Colonials topping 65 points in this one. The Minutemen may get their fair share of points in this one, but still, I do not see the Colonials scoring enough for this game to go Over the total. Take the Under in this one.