The George Mason Patriots (3-1) and the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (3-0) battle in the Cancun Challenge – Riviera Division at Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya. Louisiana Tech is a 4.5-point favorite on the opening line, while the games Over/Under (O/U) opened at 142.5 points. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 21, 2017, and it can be seen on CBS Sports Network.
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. George Mason Patriots ATS Preview
In the Bulldogs last game, they beat the Montana State Bobcats, 71-58. Jacobi Boykins was the top scorer from either team with 23 points on 6-for-11 shooting. Louisiana Tech played a flawless game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.455 and a turnover percentage of 13.6. For those same stats, Montana State was 0.148 and 16.2, respectively.
The Patriots will look to keep it rolling after defeating the CSUN Matadors in their last contest, 78-73. George Mason rallied around Goanar Mar, who was the teams leading scorer with 22 points on 7-for-15 shooting. George Mason dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a solid free throw rate of 0.311 (above their season average of 0.179) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 36.1 (above their season average of 26.7). For those same stats, CSUN was 0.118 and 25.6, respectively.
Since last season, a focal point for the George Mason offense has been to get to and convert from the free throw line. The Patriots rank 45th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.287), but Louisiana Tech has been among the best in the NCAA at keeping opponents away from the charity stripe (ranking 12th by yielding a FTA rate of 0.179). ,
Since last season, the Bulldogs are 26-10 straight up (SU) and 14-12 against the spread (ATS). Games featuring Louisiana Tech have gone over the O/U total 50.0 percent of the time since last season.
The Patriots, on the other hand, are 23-14 SU and 17-14-1 ATS since last season. Vegas has had a tendency to set the total low when George Mason has been involved over that same time frame as 62.5 percent of their games have ended over the projected point total.
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs. George Mason Patriots Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Louisiana Tech, ATS Winner – George Mason, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Bulldogs rank 92nd in steals per game (6.8) while the Patriots rank 241st (5.2).
- George Mason averages 39.9 rebounds per game, which ranks 17th in the NCAA. Louisiana Tech ranks 123rd in rebounds allowed per game (34.4).
- Louisiana Tech ranks 25th in assists per game (16.3) while George Mason ranks 260th (11.8).
- The Bulldogs average 5.4 blocks per game, which ranks 11th in the nation. The Patriots rank 232nd in blocks allowed per game (4.1).
- Louisiana Tech ranks 138th in three pointers attempted per game (21.8) while George Mason ranks 302nd (16.8).