George Mason vs. Santa Clara CBI Odds
The George Mason Patriots and the Santa Clara Broncos will hit the hardwood on Monday night in the opening game of the best-of-three finals at the College Basketball Invitational.
George Mason topped Western Michigan 62-52 in the semifinals of the CBI last time out, covering a 5.5-point spread on the betting lines in the contest. Santa Clara got past Wright State 81-69 in the semifinals as the 1.5-point underdog at the sportsbooks.
This season, the Broncos are 24-11 overall and 14-16 ATS ATS, while the Patriots are 21-14 and 16-16 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Santa Clara boasts a 14-13 on the OU, and George Mason is 20-12.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Broncos sit at No. 85 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Patriots sit at No. 129 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Broncos will win this game 76-71.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Santa Clara's No. 31-ranked offense, averaging 74.3 PPG, against a Patriots defense that ranks No. 130 at 65.1 PPG. The Broncos field goal percentage has averaged 44.2% so far, more than the Patriots marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.8% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, George Mason owns the country's No. 93-rated mark, allowing 66.4 points per game on the highway. Santa Clara, on the other hand, rates No. 82 in scoring at home.
George Mason won its last outing, a 62-52 result against Western Michigan on March 27. They covered in that game as a 5.5-point favorite. The Patriots grabbed a 62-52 win over the Broncos on Wednesday, behind a 23-point effort from Jonathan Arledge at Patriot Center.
Santa Clara won its last outing, an 81-69 result against Wright State on March 27. They covered in that game as a 1.5-point underdog. The Broncos used a 33-point performance from Kevin Foster to help Santa Clara smack Wright State 81-69 on Wednesday at Nutter Center.
A few Patriots at Broncos trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of George Mason's last 5 games on the road
George Mason is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Santa Clara's last 5 games
Santa Clara is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Santa Clara's last 5 games at home
Santa Clara is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games