The George Washington Colonials (12-2) travel to play the Saint Louis Billikens (5-8) in what should be a low-scoring game. Action begins at 7:00 pm ET on Wednesday, Jan. 6.
The Billikens are hoping to rebound after their 85-57 loss to Rhode Island on Saturday. Miles Reynolds was the team's leading scorer with 12 points. The Colonials, meanwhile, are coming off a 69-63 win against Fordham on Sunday. Tyler Cavanaugh claimed his third double-double of the season with 21 points and 10 rebounds.
Half-court execution will be of utmost importance when two of the nation's slowest-paced teams square off. Saint Louis ranks 289th in possessions per game (67.3), while George Washington is 292nd (67.2).
George Washington takes on Saint Louis as a nine-point favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at 134 points. The Billikens have gone 5-8 Straight Up (SU) and 1-8 Against The Spread (ATS). They haven't covered any of their last 10 games, going 0-8 ATS.
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As for their opponent, the Colonials have records of 5-5-1 ATS and 12-2 SU. The Colonials get to the line and convert their free throws at a high volume, ranking 42nd in the nation with 257 made (18.0 per game). Moving on to the George Washington defense, the Colonials allow just 66.3 points per road game, ranking them 21st in the nation. The George Washington defense has been a problem for competitors, allowing only .304 shooting from three-point range. Taking care of the basketball is something the Colonials do very well, averaging just 11.1 turnovers per game.
These conference foes meet for what will be their first head-to-head battle of the season. George Washington won the last game in the matchup, bringing the head-to-head record to an even 5-5 SU over their most recent meetings. On the other hand, George Washington holds the advantage ATS with a record of 6-4. Neither team held the edge in field goals, rebounds, or three-pointers in a single game during this span.
Predictions: SU Winner - GW, ATS Winner - GW, O/U - Over
George Washington is 3-9 ATS in its last 12 games on the road.
George Washington is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games on the road.
George Washington is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Saint Louis.
Saint Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against George Washington.
Saint Louis scores an average of just 64.0 points per game (ranked 328th). George Washington ranks 90th in points allowed, giving up 66.9 points per game.
Saint Louis lost its last game by a 28-point margin. In games decided by a margin of 18 points or more, George Washington is 2-1. Saint Louis is 0-3 in blowouts this season.
The Saint Louis Billikens average 67.3 possessions per game and .951 points per possession, while the George Washington Colonials earn fewer possessions (67.2) but more points per possession (1.128).
The Saint Louis Billikens average an effective field goal percentage of 48.4% this season. The George Washington Colonials have a winning 2-1 record in games where opponents have an eFG% of 48.4% or greater.
The Saint Louis Billikens average 17.0 three point attempts per game, and the George Washington Colonials attempt 18.0 per game. When going for at least 20 three pointers in a game this season, Saint Louis is an even 2-2, while George Washington has a solid record of 4-2.
The Saint Louis Billikens make an average of 5.2 steals per game. When the George Washington Colonials allow 5 or more steals, they are a fantastic 9-1.