UMass vs. George Washington - 1/18/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UMass vs. George Washington - 1/18/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

George Washington Colonials (7-10) at UMass Minutemen (7-10)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 18, 2020 at 4:30 pm (William D. Mullins Center)

The Line: UMass Minutemen -6 -- Over/Under: 141 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The George Washington Colonials and the UMass Minutemen meet in A-10 conference college basketball action from the Mullins Center on Saturday afternoon.

The George Washington Colonials will look to build on a 73-67 win over George Mason in their last outing. Armel Potter led the Colonials with 26 points on 7 of 15 shooting with a 12 of 15 mark from the foul line along with 6 rebounds and a team-high 7 assists. Jamison Battle added 15 points coming on 5 threes as the only other double-digit scorer for GW in the winning effort. Chase Paar added 7 points with a team-high 9 rebounds while Jameer Nelson Jr. added 7 points with 4 steals. Potter leads the Colonials with an average of 14.5 points and 5.7 assists per game while Arnaldo Toro leads George Washington in rebounding with an average of 8.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, George Washington is averaging 66.6 points per game on 41.9% shooting from the field, 32.8% from behind the arc and 72.7% from the foul line this season.

The UMass Minutemen could use a win after dropping 4 of their last 5 games following a 74-61 loss to St. Bonaventure in their last outing. Tre Mitchell led UMass with 28 points on 11 of 19 shooting with 6 rebounds and 3 assists while Carl Pierre added 11 points on 4 of 10 shooting with 3 triples and 5 rebounds as the only other UMass player to score in double figures in the loss. Samba Diallo added 5 points with 9 rebounds while Sean East II chipped in a team-high 6 assists. Mitchell leads UMass in scoring with an average of 15.5 points per game while Diallo leads the Minutemen in rebounding with 6.4 rebounds per game and East II leads UMass in assists with 5 assists per game this season. As a team, UMass is averaging 70.8 points per game on 42.8% shooting from the field, 36.3% from behind the arc and 68.9% from the foul line this season.

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Neither of these two teams are anything to write home about lately, and I haven’t been very high on UMass all season long. However, all UMass has done at home this season is cover spreads and are outscoring teams by 10 points per game on their home floor. George Washington is scoring just 62 points per game on the road and I just don’t think the Colonials have the horses to hang with UMass here so I’ll lay the points with the Minutemen in this spot.

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