George Mason Patriots (2-3) vs Cincinnati Bearcats (3-1)Date : 11/23/2018
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Fifth Third Arena, Cincinnati, Ohio
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
George Mason Patriots vs Cincinnati Bearcats
The Patriots of George Mason will travel to Fifth Third Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio, to battle the Cincinnati Bearcats on Friday night at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. After losing their first three games of the season, the George Mason Patriots have cleaned things up a bit in which to win their last two outings with the last being a 78 – 63 home win over the North Carolina Central Eagles as both teams shot well from the field in this outing, however the Patriots capitalized off 16 turnovers for the Eagles while also getting 24 points from Jarred Reuter in the victory.
On the other hand, the Cincinnati Bearcats won their third straight game, after losing their 2018 opener to the Buckeyes of Ohio State by only six points, by beating the Western Michigan Broncos by a 78 – 52 score as they not only went up by 15 points at the half, but, allowed the Broncos to score only 23 points in the second half en route to a much-needed win.
George Mason Patriots's Latest Performance :
George Mason is allowing teams to shoot just under 50% per outing in 2018. Their inability to play consiste t defense was illustrated in their last matchup versus North Carolina Central as the Eagles were allowed to shoot 51% from the field for the night while George Mason also shot 51% from the floor. The Patriots did, however, shot 30% from 3 point range while collecting 16 turnovers for the night as Reuter Along with Justin Kier and reserve Ian Boyd scored 12 and 11 points in the win.
And while the offense has been averaging 76 points per game on 47% shooting up until this point, the defense has been a cause for concern for the Patriots all season as they are allowing teams to score an average of 75 points per game while allowing 49.8 per cent shooting from the field. The Eagles shot 51% from the field versus George Mason in their last outing, however, only nailed 3 of 12 three-point attempts for the night. The Patriots will now match up against a Cincinnati Bearcats team that has also had their issues on the offensive end yet will be looking to reverse the trends on Friday night.
Cincinnati Bearcats 's Latest Performance :
The offense for the Bearcats have been off and on all season, however, one can certainly know that the Bearcats defense will certainly bring the focus to any contest as has been illustrated in 2018. In all, the Bearcats are allowing teams to shoot only 39% from the floor per outing while also allowing only 57 points per game. The Bearcats have not allowed more than 64 points to their opponents all year long. In their last outing versus Western Michigan, the Bearcats allowed the Broncos to shoot only 33% for the night while not only outrebounding them by a 40 – 27 margin, but, created 17 turnovers for the night.
Of course, with their offense not clicking on all cylinders as of yet, Cincinnati has had to win on a nightly basis through a collective team effort as they hope to bring this philosophy into this matchup versus a Patriots squad that continues to garner confidence as the season wears on, yet, is certainly not one of the best defenses in the nation by any stretch.
How George Mason Patriots & Cincinnati Bearcats Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
George Mason is1 – 4 ATS while the OU is3 – 2
Cincinnati is1-3 ATS while the OU is 1-3
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This matchup between the Cincinnati Bearcats and the George Mason Patriots will be important for both teams. On one hand, you have the Bearcats that are attempting to keep their streak of stellar play intact while the Patriots of George Mason will look for much more consistency on both ends of the floor, also. This will certainly be an interesting contest throughout as Cincinnati will be looking to push the pace on offense versus a shaky defensive unit for the Patriots while the Patriots will look to somehow make some headway against a Bearcats defense that has been dominant all season.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Cincinnati Bearcats
My reason for the pick :
I will back to Bearcats in this battle as George Mason does not possess the physicality as well as the talent that Cincinnati currently possesses in which to make this game close throughout. It is for this reason that the Bearcats will indeed control the pace of this game while pulling away over time in this contest on Friday night. In all, look for the home team to continue to build off the momentum that they have obtained up until this point in getting the all-important victory.
Totals Selection: Pick: Under
My reason for the prediction :
Of course, one can certainly expect the Bearcats to come in with much of the momentum leading into this contest. With that being the case, expect the under to certainly be the strong play as the Bearcats have been met with an under result in three of their last four home games. Also, with both offenses struggling currently, one also has to believe that they will certainly have their issues in this matchup, thus allowing this to be a low-scoring yet competitive game, overall.
Betting trends for George Mason Patriots:
- The Patriots are 1-5 ATS in last 6 games
- The over is 7-3 in Patriot’s last 10 games
Betting trends for Cincinnati Bearcats :
- The Bearcats are 1-4 ATS in last 5 games
- The Bearcats are 1-3 ATS in last for road games
- The under is 5-2 in Bearcats last 7 games