Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Bonnies and Patriots. The game is starting at 2:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Patriots at EagleBank Arena in Fairfax, VA. Get ready to place your bets! This Atlantic 10 conference matchup has an over/under of 135.5 points, and the Patriots are favored to win at home vs. the Bonnies.

ST. BONAVENTURE BONNIES VS GEORGE MASON PATRIOTS BETTING PICK

The Pick: George Mason Patriots -2

This game will be played at EagleBank Arena at 2:00 ET on Saturday, January 20th.

WHY BET THE GEORGE MASON PATRIOTS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Patriots.
  • Not only will George Mason pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 135.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Taking a Look at the Bonnies Chances on the Road

St. Bonaventure is coming off a 99-64 win over Rhode Island and has a record of 11-5 this season. The Bonnies are 2-2 in Atlantic 10 play compared to 9-3 in non-conference games. On the road, they are 3-1 this season, and their average scoring margin is +12.2 points per game.

So far this season, St. Bonaventure has been the underdog in four games, going 2-2 in those contests. For the year, they have been the favorite 12 times and have a record of 9-3 in those games. Over their last 10 road games, they are 4-6, while their record on the road this season is 3-1.

Against the spread, St. Bonaventure has an even 8-8 record this season. On the road, they are 3-1 vs. the spread and have gone 2-1 in their last 3 road games. As the underdog, the Bonnies are 2-2 vs. the spread this year and have gone 4-6 in their last 10 games as the underdog.

So far this season, St. Bonaventure’s over/under record is 9-7. The average scoring total in their games is 141.6 points, which is 3 points higher than the average over/under line of 138.6. Today’s over/under line is 135.5. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 144 points.

The St. Bonaventure offense is coming off a game in which they scored 99 points vs. Rhode Island. Overall their field goal percentage was 57.6% while connecting on 11 threes. For the season, the St. Bonaventure offense has struggled to get to the free-throw line, ranking just 312nd in terms of free-throw attempts per game. Their overall field goal percentage is currently 47%.

St. Bonaventure’s defense has been playing well, ranking 54th nationally, with 66.1 points allowed per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 6.5 threes per game vs. George Mason. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 29.8%.

Can the Patriots Secure a Win at Home?

George Mason will try to snap a three-game losing streak when they host St. Bonaventure. The Patriots are 8-2 at home this season, compared to a 4-3 mark on the road.

So far, George Mason has been the favorite in 13 of their 18 games, going 10-3 in those contests. Their average scoring margin at home this season is +11.6 points per game.

George Mason has been a bit inconsistent vs. the spread this season, going 9-7-1 overall. However, they have a winning mark at home, going 5-4-1, and are 2-1 ATS in their last three games at home. As the favorite, the Patriots are 7-5-1 vs. the spread this year and 5-5 in their last 10 games as the favorite.

George Mason’s over/under record for the season sits at 9-8, and today’s line of 135.5 is lower than the average OU line in their games (140.4). Over their last five games, the average scoring total is 134 points, and their OU record during that span is 2-3.

Coming off their recent game, the George Mason offense tallied 62 points in a matchup against George Washington. Their field goal percentage for the game was 32.8%, and they made 5 threes. Keyshawn Hall led the team in scoring, putting up 19 points. Additionally, Amari Kelly contributed 14 points for the Patriots.

At present, the Patriots’ defense is nationally ranked 52nd, allowing 66.1 points per game. In today’s game vs. St. Bonaventure, the George Mason defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, George Mason made 21 free-throws vs. the Patriots.