Colonial Tournament - Northeastern George Mason Betting Preview
George Mason Patriots vs Northeastern Huskies Odds
College hoops betting interest focuses on the Northeastern vs George Mason battle Sunday at Richmond Coliseum as the Huskies look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.
The Colonial Tournament battle is part of the annual season-ending league tournament. The winner gets an automatic berth in the Madness, while all teams are trying to prove they deserve a spot. Richmond Coliseum is the location for this game, which makes it a neutral-site matchup.
Northeastern battles the Patriots, currently sitting with a 18-13 mark (14-14 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 11-11-1 for the Huskies and 17-11 for the Patriots.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Huskies - Patriots odds would favor the Patriots if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Northeastern is rated No. 239 in the current Odds Shark poll, while George Mason is at No. 122. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 70-69 win for the Patriots.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Northeastern has the nation's No. 112-rated offensive output, at 70.1 PPG. The visiting Patriots defense ranks No. 120 allowing on average 64.4 PPG. The Huskies FG% has averaged 44.8% so far, more than the Patriots marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.3% per game.
Defensively, George Mason features the nation's No. 78-rated defense on the road, allowing 65.5 points per game. Northeastern, meanwhile, comes in at No. 188 nationally in scoring at home.
George Mason was a 60-54 winner in their most recent outing at home against Drexel. They covered the 1-point spread as underdogs. Sherrod Wright scored 23 points leading the Patriots to a 60-54 victory over Drexel at Richmond Coliseum on Saturday.
In their last action, Northeastern was an 81-74 loser at home against Old Dominion. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as favorites. Jonathan Lee scored 26 points for Northeastern on Saturday, but the Monarchs managed an 81-74 victory over the Huskies at Matthews Arena.