A10 foes will clash when the Duquesne Dukes (19-8, 9-6 A10) go head-to-head with the George Mason Patriots (15-13, 4-11 A10) at the UPMC Events Center. Action starts at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 29, 2020.
George Mason Patriots vs. Duquesne Dukes ATS Preview
In the Patriots’ last game, they were beaten by the No. 4 Dayton Flyers, 62-55. Jordan Miller had a solid performance for George Mason, recording 13 points and 10 rebounds. Dayton held the Patriots to an effective field goal percentage of 0.412 (below their season average of 0.474). George Mason, on the other hand, held the Flyers to an offensive rebounding percentage of 17.2 (below their season average of 27.0).
The Dukes come in on a high note after topping the St. Bonaventure Bonnies in their last contest, 81-77. Duquesne rallied around Sincere Carry, who was the team’s high scorer with 18 points on 5-for-17 shooting. The Dukes had a turnover percentage of 12.1 (better than their season average of 16.3) and had a better effective field goal percentage (0.493 vs. 0.471).
Half-court execution will be at a premium when two of the NCAA’s slowest-paced teams clash. Duquesne ranks 267th in possessions per game (67.3) and George Mason is 302nd (66.6). Additionally, the Patriots rank 41st in offensive rebounding percentage (32.9 percent), while the Dukes rank 269th in defensive rebounding percentage (70.2 percent).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Dukes won the only contest played against each other last season, 79-78. One of Duquesne’s largest advantages was their ability to convert at the free throw line. They were 15-17 (88.2 percent), while the Patriots were just 7-13 (53.8 percent).
George Mason Patriots at Duquesne Dukes Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – Duquesne, ATS Winner – Duquesne, O/U – Under
The Patriots rank 88th in rebounds per game (37.1) while the Dukes rank 127th in rebounds allowed per game (34.7).
Duquesne averages 6.9 steals per game, which ranks 95th in the nation. George Mason ranks 125th in steals allowed per game (6.5).
Duquesne ranks 60th in assists per game (14.4) while George Mason ranks 250th (10.8).
The Dukes rank 67th in three pointers attempted per game (24.7) while the Patriots rank 231st (19.4).
Duquesne ranks ninth in blocks per game (5.6) while George Mason ranks 138th in blocks allowed per game (3.6).
The Dukes have been outscored by an average of 1.4 points in their last five games. On the season, Duquesne has defeated opponents by an average of 5.9 points.
During their last five games, the Patriots have scored an average of 61.2 points per game (5.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 64.4 points per game (3.0 below their season average).