NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Colonials underdogs vs Scarlet Knights at Rutgers
George Washington Colonials vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Odds
The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Rutgers and George Washington on Tuesday, with the host Scarlet Knights trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.
The Colonials will try to spoil to the party on Tuesday; they are 5-2 ATS against the number this season, while the Scarlet Knights are 3-2 ATS. George Washington is 2-2 on the totals; Rutgers is 2-0.
The visitors opened as 8.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 176-ranked Scarlet Knights and the No. 130-rated Colonials in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 72-69 win for the Scarlet Knights on Tuesday.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Rutgers has the nation's No. 86-rated offensive output, at 73.4 PPG. The visiting Colonials defense ranks No. 125 allowing on average 63.3 PPG. The Scarlet Knights FG% has averaged 46.9% so far, more than the Colonials marksmen have achieved on the year, 45% per game.
Defensively, George Washington features the nation's No. 53-rated defense on the road, allowing 62.2 points per game. Rutgers, meanwhile, comes in at No. 161 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, George Washington was a 65-62 loser at home against Kansas State. They covered the 7.5-point spread as underdogs. Dwayne Smith scored 14 points in a futile effort to lead the Colonials to a win (they lost 65-62 to Kansas State at Charles E. Smith Center on Saturday).
Rutgers was an 81-73 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Iona. They covered the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. Lamont Jones went off for 26 points and added 1 rebound but it wasn't enough as Rutgers handed Iona an 81-73 defeat at Madison Square Garden.
George Washington Colonials Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 9-1
After playing Kansas State are 0-1
After a loss are 5-5
Rutgers Scarlet Knights Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
After playing Iona are 1-1
After a win are 4-6
A few Colonials at Scarlet Knights trends to consider:
George Washington is 3-13 SU in its last 16 games on the road
Rutgers is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
George Washington home to VMI, Saturday, December 22
Rutgers home to UAB, Sunday, December 16