VCU Rams at George Mason Patriots – NCAAM January 6

VCU (8-2, 1-0) at George Mason (5-3, 1-1)

  • Time: 4PM PST | 6PM CST | 7PM EST
  • Location: EagleBank Arena, Fairfax, VA
  • NAT TV: MASN2

Series

VCU sports a 42-21 lead in the series as the Rams and Patriots have split the 26 games (13-13) in Fairfax. VCU has toped George Mason in 15 of the last 20 meetings and 11 of 14 in Atlantic 10 play.

Vs. The Spread

The Rams are 7-1 ATS while the Patriots are 1-5 against the number in their last six games. The UNDER has been the play in six of the last nine games in their series. VCU is also 5-2 ATS in it’s last seven matchups with GMU. The total has gone OVER in four of the last six VCU-George Mason outings.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
VCU -6 (-103) -265 O 137 (-120)
George Mason +6 (-117) +225 U 137 (+100)

Last Time Out

The Rams’ game on Saturday against Davidson was postponed due to Covid-19 protocols. Reach back to Dec. 30 as VCU knocked off Saint Joesph’s 80-64 where they forced 25 Hawks’ turnovers while Vince Williams led with 17 points.

George Mason dropped the back end of a two-game road trip on Saturday when they Patriots fell at Dayton, 74-65. GMU trailed 32-14 in the first half, but had a 30-9 run to take a 5-point second half lead. Tyler Kopek led four Patriots in double figures as George Mason shot 48.1 percent against a defensive-minded Dayton squad.

Ram-Blings

VCU Rams LogoWe are back to the old VCU where the Rams are forcing turnovers at a high clip as opponents have turned it over 19.0 times over the first nine games and the defensive turnover percentage is sitting at a paltry 25.8 per 100 possessions. The guard play from GMU’s Xavier Johnson and Jordan Miller will be a major key as George Mason has averaged 15 turnovers per game in it’s last three contests.

Nah’shon Hyland (17.8 ppg, 2.7 rpg) has been the go-to guy from day one for VCU as he gets to the line in shooting 89.3 percent from the stripe. His 30 triples and 38.5 percentage from three makes the defense choose how to cover him along with Vince Williams who scores off the dribble-drive, gets to the line (84.9%) while nailing 42.9 percent of his 3-point attempts. Freshman Adrian Baldwin, Jr., has turned into the primary playmaker with a 3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. Rams forwards are getting their share of shots and they are producing as Hason Ward (60%) and Kansas State transfer Levi Stockard, III, (56.8%) lead that position in production.

Pat Chat

George Mason Patriots LogoFreshman Tyler Kolek is starting to play the best basketball of his first season as he is averaging 18.0 points and shooting 52.9 percent from the floor over his last three games. Jordan Miller also picked his game up as the page turned to A-10 play in averaging 20.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 3.5 assists in the last two games against UMass and Dayton. He is currently fifth in the league ins coring at 17.8 points per game.

The Patriots have to try to tighten up the 3-point line as they have the opposition shoots 38.3 percent from behind the arc. With Hyland, Williams, and Jamir Watkins as steady threats, it stands to reason that the arc is one of the top entries on each team’s game plan.

Winner: VCU (-6) 75, George Mason 68
Over-Under: Take OVER 137

The Bets
VCU Rams -6
-103
OVER 137
-120
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Kenneth Cross / Author

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