The James Madison Dukes (2-5) will be at home in JMU Convocation Center when they challenge the George Mason Patriots (3-3). The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 138.5 points with George Mason set as a 2-point favorite. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.
George Mason Patriots vs. James Madison Dukes Free Preview
The Patriots fell to the Fresno State Bulldogs in their last matchup, 79-73. Ian Boyd put together a solid performance for George Mason, leading the team in scoring with 18 points on 7-for-15 shooting. Fresno State had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.600 vs. 0.491). George Mason, meanwhile, had a turnover percentage of 9.4 (better than their season average of 17.4).
The last time the Dukes played, they were defeated by the Radford Highlanders, 69-68. Joey McLean was the top scorer from either team with 19 points on 8-for-13 shooting. Radford had an offensive rebounding percentage of 42.1 (above their season average of 32.7). James Madison, meanwhile, had an effective field goal percentage of 0.587 (above their season average of 0.459).
Second-chance opportunities could be few and far between for James Madison in this battle. The Dukes rank 131st in offensive rebounding percentage (30.8 percent), while George Mason ranks 15th in defensive rebounding percentage (75.4 percent) dating back to the 2016-17 season. Also, the Patriots rank 41st in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.290), while the Dukes rank 309th in opponents FTA rate (0.289).
Of George Mason’s 4 games that accepted bets, two have finished over the O/U total, while 3 of James Madison’s 5 games have finished over the projected point total. The Patriots hold a substantial advantage in terms of straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 3-3 SU and 2-2 ATS, while the Dukes are 2-5 SU and 1-4 ATS.
The Patriots won the only contest against the Dukes last season, 80-77. The Patriots dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a turnover percentage of 11.8 and a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.500. The Dukes recorded marks of 22.3 and 0.278, respectively, for those same stats.
George Mason Patriots at James Madison Dukes Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – George Mason, ATS Winner – George Mason, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Patriots rank 208th in blocks per game (2.9) while the Dukes rank 244th (2.6).
- George Mason ranks 267th in assists per game (11.6) while James Madison ranks 275th (11.4).
- George Mason ranks 20th in rebounds per game (39.6) while James Madison ranks 223rd (35.0).
- The Dukes rank 130th in steals per game (6.4) while the Patriots rank 248th (5.2).
- James Madison ranks 225th in three pointers attempted per game (19.6) while George Mason ranks 305th (17.0).