James Madison Dukes at George Mason Patriots Betting Prediction

Victor TrejosBasketball, College Basketball

The James Madison Dukes (7-4) will travel to EagleBank Arena to go head-to-head against the George Mason Patriots (4-6). The game begins at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, December 7, 2018.

James Madison Dukes vs. George Mason Patriots ATS Odds

In their last matchup, the Patriots lost a winnable game to the Penn Quakers, 72-71, while the Dukes had no trouble getting past the Eastern Mennonite Royals, 86-58.

James Madison played a flawless game. They had a turnover percentage of 16.1 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 46.3. Eastern Mennonite put up marks of 25.5 and 34.2, respectively, for those same stats. George Mason, meanwhile, did a fantastic job of making free throws (13-16; 81.3 percent). Justin Kier fueled George Mason with 12 points and eight rebounds. James Madison, meanwhile, rallied around Darius Banks, who put up 22 points, nine rebounds and seven steals.

The Patriots won the lone contest between these two teams last season, 76-72. George Mason did a terrific job of making free throws (15-17; 88.2 percent). James Madison, meanwhile, had a much better turnover percentage (13.1 vs. 20.9). This is the first time these teams will clash this year.

Banks has really been playing well recently for James Madison, averaging 0 points over the last five games.

The aggressive George Mason offense seems poised to dominate from the foul line. The Patriots rank 90th in the country with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.263, while James Madison is among the NCAA’s most foul-prone squads (giving up a 299th-ranked FTA rate of 0.222).

James Madison Dukes vs. George Mason Patriots Pick

College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – George Mason, ATS Winner – James Madison, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • George Mason ranks 10th in assists allowed per game (9.9) while James Madison ranks 227th (14.3).
  • The Patriots rank seventh in three pointers allowed per game (17.2) while the Dukes rank 150th (19.9).
  • George Mason ranks 95th in blocks per game (3.8) while James Madison ranks 130th in blocks allowed per game (3.0).
  • The Dukes rank 40th in steals per game (8.5) while the Patriots rank 227th in steals allowed per game (6.8).
  • James Madison ranks 151st in rebounds per game (36.9) while George Mason ranks 317th (31.7).

Bettings Trends:

  • The Dukes\u2019 average margin of victory in their last five games has been 9.6, up from 2.5 for the season.
  • During their last five games, the Patriots have scored an average of 76.4 points per game (3.0 above their season average) and allowed an average of 75.2 points per game (0.2 above their season average).