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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Patriots over Panthers

Northern Iowa PanthersGeorge Mason Patriots
1-1November 16, 2013, 04:00 | Patriot Center2-0

Northern Iowa pays a visit to George Mason on Saturday, hoping to send the Patriots to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Patriot Center.

Supporters of the Panthers have watched them go 1-1 and 0-1 ATS on the year, while the Patriots are at 2-0 and 0-0 ATS. In totals betting, the Patriots are 0-0, while the Panthers have a 1-0 mark.

View Northern Iowa Panthers vs George Mason Patriots Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 3.5-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(.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 67-rated Patriots and the No. 98-ranked Panthers, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Northern Iowa was an 86-52 winner in its last match at home against Coe College. Northern Iowa cruised to victory on Monday, running Coe College out of the gym and running up an 86-52 score at McLeod Center.

George Mason won its last outing, a 68-54 result against Lamar on November 12. George Mason got 13 points from Sherrod Wright en route to a 68-54 victory over Lamar on Tuesday at Montagne Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and George Mason has the nation's No. 222-rated offensive output, at 65.5 PPG. The visiting Panthers defense ranks No. 74 allowing on average 63.5 PPG. The Patriots FG% has averaged 48.45% so far, more than the Panthers marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.64% per game.

Next up:
Northern Iowa at Loyola Marymount, Friday, November 22nd
George Mason at St. Francis PA, Tuesday, November 19th