Michigan Wolverines (3-0) vs George Washington Colonels (0-3)Date : 11/17/2018
Time : 12:00 pm EST
Location : Charles E. Smith Center, Washington, DC
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Michigan Wolverines vs George Washington Colonels
The 18th ranked Michigan Wolverines will visit the Charles E. Smith Center in Washington, DC, to battle the Colonels of George Washington University on Saturday afternoon at noon. The Wolverines come in to the game undefeated as they blew the brakes off the Villanova Wildcats on the road in their last outing on Wednesday night as they scored 44 points in the first half while cruising to victory led by Charles Matthews with 19 along with 18 from Ignas Brazdelkis. The Wolverines had an outstanding display of defense as they allowed just 32% shooting for the Wildcats on their home floor while Villanova committed 19 turnovers on the night.
The Colonels lost their third straight game to begin the season in a 76-57 road loss to the Virginia Cavaliers on November 11th as they were only able to score 17 points in the first half while giving up 42. And despite rebounding in the second half to outscore the Cavaliers 40-34, it would not be enough as the Colonels allowed their opponent to shoot well over 50% for the night while nailing 8 threes’ in the win.
Michigan Wolverines's Latest Performance :
Michigan is on a high after their huge road win over the Villanova Wildcats as Matthews and Brazdelkis led the team in scoring, yet the team shot over 50% from the field in the game along with collecting 19 turnovers from the then-6th ranked Wildcats. And while Michigan was atrocious from three-point range in nailing only 5 of 17, the Wildcats only went 3 of 15 from long range while shooting 32% for the game. In all, the Wolverines are playing well on both sides of the ball thus far in the season and will certainly be looking to continue their stellar play versus a team in the Colonels that have been dismal on both sides of the court yet looking for a momentum building performance against one of the more dominant teams in the country on Saturday.
George Washington Colonels's Latest Performance :
The offense for the Colonels have struggled in their last three games as they are currently averaging 64 points per game while their defense is allowing 74 points to their opponents to begin the 2018 season. With that being said, their inability to be effective on both sides of the court was illustrated in their last outing as they shot 40% from the field while going 6 of 18 from three-point range. They also committed 15 turnovers for the contest while the defense allowed their opponent, the Virginia Cavaliers, to shoot 55% from the field in the meantime.
Aside from being outrebounded, the Colonels had only 8 assists compared to 20 for Virginia. In all, George Washington must be able to get other players the ball in which to ensure that additional players are involved in the offensive attack. On the other hand, the defensive needs to buckle down much more in which to prevent teams from shooting at a high efficiency rate from the field.
How Michigan Wolverines & George Washington Colonels Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Michigan is 1-2 ATS while the OU is 0-2
George Washington is 1-2 ATS while the OU is 1-1
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This game will be important for both teams. On one hand, the Wolverines will look to continue their stellar play while the Colonels will look to right the ship as it relates to their offensive and defensive play. In all, look for the Colonels to look to get going early on offense while attempting to step things up on the defensive side. The problem is that the Wolverines are very efficient on offense while their defense is ranked 2nd in the nation in points allowed with 42 per game on 31% shooting.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Michigan Wolverines
My reason for the pick :
I will back Michigan in this contest as they are indeed the much better team. Look for the Wolverines to tighten things up on the defensive end yet again versus the Colonels in which to allow them to make mistakes. On the other hand, the Wolverines will also benefit from this philosophy by picking up easy baskets on the offensive end. In all, take the Wolverines to pick up a blowout win in DC this weekend as the Colonels are simply not on their level.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the over in this contest as I see the Wolverines running the score up as the confidence gained from their win over the Wildcats will be evident from start to finish. As stated, the Colonels are not on their level and will certainly find it difficult to score, however, the road team will score enough for both teams as they will be the catalyst for the total surpassing its set limit in this matchup.
Betting trends for Michigan Wolverines:
- The Wolverines are 2-3 ATS in last five games
- The under is 5-0 in Wolverines last five games
Betting trends for George Washington Colonels:
- The Colonels are 1-4-1 ATS in last six games
- The Colonels are 3-1 ATS in last four home games
- The over is 4-1 in Colonels last five games