The George Mason Patriots (5-5) will be at home in EagleBank Arena when they challenge the Georgia Southern Eagles (7-2). Georgia Southern is a 1.5-point favorite on the opening line, while the games Over/Under (O/U) opened at 142.5 points. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 12, 2017.
Georgia Southern Eagles at George Mason Patriots Betting Preview
In the Eagles last matchup, they defeated the Savannah State Tigers, 102-91. Tookie Brown was the games leading scorer with 32 points on 10-for-16 shooting. Georgia Southern dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.394 (above their season average of 0.268) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 42.5 (above their season average of 37.8). Savannah State was 0.206 and 22.2, respectively, for those same stats.
The Patriots will look to maintain momentum after defeating the North Carolina Central Eagles in their last contest, 77-65. George Mason was led by Jaire Grayer, who recorded 10 points and eight rebounds. The Patriots, who came into the game averaging an effective field goal percentage of 0.497, had a solid mark of 0.573 and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 36.7 (above their season average of 26.6).
The ineffective offense of George Mason will clash against the elite defense of Georgia Southern. Dating back to last season, the Patriots rank 251st in offensive efficiency, while the Eagles are 59th in defensive efficiency. The Eagles figure to have the edge on that end of the court.
In terms of the O/U total, these teams are complete opposites. Georgia Southern games have finished over 60.0 percent of the time, while games featuring George Mason have gone under 57.1 percent of the time. The Eagles have the better straight up (SU) record (7-2 vs. 5-5), but the Patriots hold the clear advantage against the spread (ATS) (3-4 vs. 2-3).
Otis Livingston II has taken his game to another level over the last five games for George Mason, averaging 16.6 points, 5.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game.
Georgia Southern Eagles vs. George Mason Patriots Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Georgia Southern, ATS Winner – Georgia Southern, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Eagles rank 25th in assists allowed per game (12.9) while the Patriots rank 96th (13.4).
- Georgia Southern ranks 29th in steals per game (7.1) while George Mason ranks 97th (5.4).
- Georgia Southern ranks 10th in rebounds per game (36.3) while George Mason ranks 193rd (39.0).
- The Eagles rank 27th in three pointers attempted per game (25.7) while the Patriots rank 172nd in three pointers allowed per game (22.6).
- Georgia Southern ranks 39th in blocks allowed per game (3.1) while George Mason ranks 132nd (4.0).