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George Mason Patriots vs Explorers College Hoops Game Preview

George Mason PatriotsLa Salle Explorers
10-18March 06, 2014, 08:00 | Tom Gola Arena14-14

La Salle will look to improve on its 14-14 record on Thursday when they host George Mason in NCAA basketball odds action at Tom Gola Arena.

Supporters of the Patriots have watched them go 10-18 and 12-13 ATS on the year, while the Explorers are at 14-14 and 6-19 ATS. In totals betting, the Explorers are 9-15, while the Patriots have a 14-11 mark.

View George Mason Patriots vs La Salle Explorers Odds and Stats.

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

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 230-rated George Mason taking on the No. 210-rated Explorers in this contest.

George Mason lost its last outing, a 66-58 result against George Washington on March 2. They covered in that game as a 9.5-point underdog. George Mason got 16 points from Sherrod Wright but lost anyway, 66-58, to George Washington on Sunday at Charles E. Smith Center.

La Salle was a 64-62 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Fordham. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as favorites. The Explorers grabbed a 64-62 win over the Rams on Saturday, behind an 18 -point effort from Sam Mills at Rose Hill Gym.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and La Salle has the nation's No. 201-rated offensive output, at 67.86 PPG. The visiting Patriots defense ranks No. 190 allowing on average 72.32 PPG. The Explorers FG% has averaged 41.24% so far, less than the Patriots marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.66% per game.

A few Patriots at Explorers trends to consider:
George Mason is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
George Mason is 3-12 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of George Mason's last 13 games
George Mason is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games on the road
La Salle is 2-11 ATS in its last 13 games
La Salle is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of La Salle's last 6 games
La Salle is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
George Mason home to Duquesne, Saturday, March 8th
La Salle at Saint Joseph's, Sunday, March 9th