NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Monarchs underdogs vs Patriots at George Mason
Old Dominion Monarchs vs George Mason Patriots Odds
The George Mason Patriots will try to cover the spread at Patriot Center on Thursday when they get a visit from the Old Dominion Monarchs in NCAA basketball action.
The Monarchs will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 5-7 ATS against the number this season, while the Patriots are 6-5 ATS. Old Dominion is 6-2 on the totals; George Mason is 7-4.
The Patriots were listed as 10.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 155-ranked Patriots and the No. 280-rated Monarchs in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 66-58 win for the Patriots on Thursday.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up George Mason's No. 248 nationally ranked offense (64.4 points per game) against a Monarchs defense that sits as the No. 255 at 70.1 PPG. The Patriots have been averaging 43.4% from the field, more than the Monarchs have managed so far this season (40.2% on average).
Defensively, Old Dominion features the nation's No. 228-rated defense on the road, allowing 73.2 points per game. George Mason, meanwhile, comes in at No. 300 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Old Dominion, they were an 84-72 loser as they battled Delaware at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 2-point underdog. Old Dominion suffered an 84-72 loss against Delaware on Saturday, getting 14 points from Keenan Palmore in a losing effort at Ted Constant Center.
George Mason won its last outing, a 73-66 result against William & Mary on January 5. They covered in that game as a 3.5-point favorite. Sherrod Wright went off for 28 points and added 7 rebounds, leading George Mason over William & Mary, 73-66, on Saturday at Kaplan Arena.
Old Dominion Monarchs Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing UNC Wilmington are 7-3
After playing Delaware are 8-2
After a loss are 1-9
George Mason Patriots Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 8-2
Before playing UNC Wilmington are 6-4
After playing William & Mary are 6-4
After a win are 3-7
A few Monarchs at Patriots trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Old Dominion's last 8 games when playing on the road against George Mason
Old Dominion is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Old Dominion is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against George Mason
Old Dominion is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
George Mason is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Old Dominion
George Mason is 16-3 SU in its last 19 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of George Mason's last 8 games when playing at home against Old Dominion
George Mason is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Old Dominion
Old Dominion at UNC Wilmington, Wednesday, January 16
George Mason at UNC Wilmington, Saturday, January 12