The Massachusetts Minutemen (7-11, 1-4 A10) will attempt to put an end to an eight-game road losing streak when they take on the George Mason Patriots (12-6, 1-4 A10) at EagleBank Arena. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 22, 2020.
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The Minutemen were blown out by the George Washington Colonials in their last outing, 75-51. Massachusetts’ Carl Pierre had 11 points and five rebounds in the contest. George Washington did an excellent job of converting from the free throw line (18-19; 94.7 percent). Massachusetts, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (15.5 vs. 18.5).
In the Patriots’ last game, they were blown out by the Richmond Spiders, 97-87. Javon Greene was the game’s high scorer with 39 points on 15-for-22 shooting. Richmond did a fantastic job of making free throws (26-33; 78.8 percent). George Mason, on the other hand, held the Spiders to an offensive rebounding percentage of 9.1 (below their season average of 22.1).
The offensive glass could be a huge edge for George Mason in this battle. The Patriots are among the country’s elite on the offensive glass, ranking 82nd in offensive rebounding percentage at 31.7 percent. Meanwhile, Massachusetts ranks 320th in the nation at corralling defensive rebounds with a defensive rebounding percentage of 67.7 percent.
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Patriots won both meetings last season. In the most recent matchup, George Mason won 80-75. One of George Mason’s largest advantages was getting to the charity stripe. They had 36 free throw attempts, while Massachusetts had just 16.
Massachusetts Minutemen vs. George Mason Patriots Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – George Mason, ATS Winner – George Mason, O/U – Under
The Patriots average 6.6 steals per game, which ranks 111th in the country. The Minutemen rank 181st in steals allowed per game (7.7).
George Mason ranks 207th in assists per game (11.4) while Massachusetts ranks 218th in assists allowed per game (15.0).
George Mason ranks 98th in rebounds per game (37.2) while Massachusetts ranks 256th (32.4).
The Minutemen rank 26th in three pointers allowed per game (18.1) while the Patriots rank 163rd (22.4).
Massachusetts ranks 16th in blocks allowed per game (2.3) while George Mason ranks 110th (3.6).
The Patriots have been outscored by an average of 5.6 points in their last five games. On the season, George Mason has defeated opponents by an average of 1.7 points.
During their last five games, the Minutemen have scored an average of 65.8 points per game (3.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 77.8 points per game (5.0 above their season average).