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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Bulls over Patriots

George Mason PatriotsSouth Florida Bulls
Dec 29, 7:00 PM | Sun Dome

George Mason Patriots vs South Florida Bulls Odds

7-4TEAM RECORD7-3

The South Florida Bulls will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the George Mason Patriots at Sun Dome on Saturday in NCAA hoops play.

The Bulls sport records of 7-3 and 4-5 ATS heading into this battle, while the Patriots have 7-4 and 5-3 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 3-1 for the Bulls and 5-3 for the Patriots.

View George Mason vs South Florida Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
South Florida opened as 3.5-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Bulls - Patriots odds would favor the Bulls if the lines were set according to our power ranks. South Florida is rated No. 98 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 69-65 win for the Bulls.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits South Florida's No. 190-ranked offense, averaging 67.2 PPG, against a Patriots defense that ranks No. 79 at 61.1 PPG. The Bulls field goal percentage has averaged 42.7% so far, less than the Patriots marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.4% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, George Mason owns the country's No. 38-rated mark, allowing 61 points per game on the highway. South Florida, on the other hand, rates No. 221 in scoring at home.

George Mason was a 67-64 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Richmond. They covered the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. The Spiders got 20 points from Darien Brothers, but it was George Mason that prevailed in a 67-64 final on Saturday at Richmond Coliseum.

In their last action, South Florida was an 87-84 winner at home against Bowling Green. They failed to cover the 10-point spread as favorites. Victor Rudd went off for 29 points and added 7 rebounds, leading South Florida over Bowling Green, 87-84, on Friday at Sun Dome.

George Mason Patriots Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Northeastern are 6-4
After playing Richmond are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

South Florida Bulls Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Central Florida are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

A few Patriots at Bulls trends to consider:
South Florida is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
South Florida is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
George Mason home to Northeastern, Thursday, January 3
South Florida at Central Florida, Wednesday, January 2