The Princeton Tigers (2-5) and the George Washington Colonials (4-4), who both like to play patient, will go head-to-head at Charles E. Smith Center. George Washington opened as a 4-point favorite, while the games Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 129.5 points. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.
Princeton Tigers vs. George Washington Colonials Betting Preview
The Tigers got blown out by the No. 10 Miami (FL) Hurricanes in their last contest, 80-52. Amir Bell had a solid game for Princeton, leading the team in scoring with 13 points on 5-for-7 shooting. Miami (FL) made 14 of their 25 three pointers (56.0 percent). Princeton, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (14.5 vs. 15.8).
The last time the Colonials played, they topped the Temple Owls, 71-67. George Washington rallied around Yuta Watanabe, who contributed 17 points and six rebounds. George Washington played a nearly flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.178 (below their season average of 0.196) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 19.0 (below their season average of 33.1). For those same stats, Temple was 0.130 and 14.3, respectively.
Half-court execution will be critical when two of the nation’s slowest-paced teams face off. George Washington ranks 319th in possessions per game (66.0) and Princeton is 338th (65.0) dating back to the 2016-17 season. The Tigers should be expected to protect the ball well. They rank 21st at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.0 percent), while the Colonials have forced the 25th-fewest turnovers in the NCAA (opponents turnover percentage of 16.2 percent).
Games involving these teams have a tendency to go under the projected point total. Princeton games have gone under 75.0 percent of the time, while George Washington games have gone under 60.0 percent of the time. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Colonials have a substantial advantage. They are 4-4 SU and 2-3 ATS, while the Tigers are 2-5 SU and 0-4 ATS.
Princeton Tigers vs. George Washington Colonials ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – George Washington, ATS Winner – Princeton, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Colonials rank 159th in rebounds per game (36.1) while the Tigers rank 282nd (32.6).
- Princeton ranks 23rd in blocks allowed per game (2.6) while George Washington ranks 93rd (3.1).
- Princeton ranks seventh in steals allowed per game (4.6) while George Washington ranks 222nd (6.9).
- The Tigers rank 13th in assists allowed per game (10.4) while the Colonials rank 207th (13.8).
- Princeton ranks 26th in three pointers attempted per game (25.8) while George Washington ranks 191st (20.8).