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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Spiders underdogs vs Patriots at George Mason

Richmond SpidersGeorge Mason Patriots
18-9February 26, 2014, 07:00 | Patriot Center9-17

The visiting Richmond Spiders hope to send their backers to the pay window on Wednesday as they look to cover the spread at Patriot Center against the George Mason Patriots.

The Spiders will look to vanquish their hosts on Wednesday, as they are 13-12-1 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Patriots are 10-13 ATS. Richmond is 12-14 against the total, while George Mason is 14-9 versus the number.

View Richmond Spiders vs George Mason Patriots Odds and Stats.

The Patriots were listed as -2-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Patriots at No. 226 and the Spiders at No. 122 heading into this contest.

Richmond won its last outing, a 62-49 result against La Salle on February 22. They covered in that game as a 3.5-point favorite. Richmond got 23 points from Terry Allen en route to a 62-49 victory over La Salle on Saturday at Robins Center.

George Mason was an 89-85 loser in its last match at home against Saint Louis. They covered the 7.5-point spread as underdogs. Sherrod Wright was dynamite, scoring 34 points and adding 1 rebound but Saint Louis still won, 89-85, over George Mason on Wednesday at Patriot Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features George Mason's No. 157-ranked scoring average of 70.46 PPG, against a Spiders defense rated No. 43 and allowing 65.33 PPG. The Patriots FG% has averaged 44.55% to date this season, more than the Spiders shooters have managed so far (43.79% per game).

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

Next up:
Richmond at Rhode Island, Saturday, March 1st
George Mason at George Washington, Sunday, March 2nd