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College baskeball point spread favors Spiders in battle with Patriots

George Mason PatriotsRichmond Spiders
Dec 22, 3:00 PM | Richmond Coliseum

George Mason Patriots vs Richmond Spiders Odds


The Richmond Spiders will try to pay off for their supporters on Saturday when they play host to the George Mason Patriots at Richmond Coliseum in NCAA basketball action.

The game is being played at Richmond Coliseum, which makes it technically a neutral site match.

Richmond will face the 6-4 Patriots, who own a 4-3 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Spiders are 4-2 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Patriots are 4-3 favoring the OVER.

View George Mason vs Richmond Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Spiders installed as 5.5-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Spiders, most recently No. 244 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Patriots, who rate No. 105 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 73-67 victory for the Spiders.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Richmond has the nation's No. 94-rated offensive output, at 72.3 PPG. The visiting Patriots defense ranks No. 76 allowing on average 60.8 PPG. The Spiders FG% has averaged 45.3% so far, more than the Patriots marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.7% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, George Mason owns the country's No. 32-rated mark, allowing 60.2 points per game on the highway. Richmond, on the other hand, rates No. 88 in scoring at home.

In their last action, George Mason was an 82-77 loser at home against Northern Iowa. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as favorites. George Mason suffered an 82-77 loss against Northern Iowa on Saturday, getting 20 points from Sherrod Wright in a losing effort at Patriot Center.

In their last action, Richmond was an 87-59 loser on the road against Kansas. They failed to cover the 14.5-point spread as underdogs. Richmond was run off the court by the Jayhawks on Tuesday as Kansas routed them 87-59 at Allen Fieldhouse.

George Mason Patriots Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 8-2
After playing Northern Iowa are 1-0
After a loss are 9-1

Richmond Spiders Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Davidson are 1-0
After playing Kansas are 1-0
After a loss are 6-4

A few Patriots at Spiders trends to consider:
Richmond is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Richmond is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing George Mason

Next up:
George Mason at South Florida, Saturday, December 29
Richmond home to Davidson, Saturday, December 29