The Dayton Flyers and George Mason Patriots will face Friday night both trying to rebound from conference losses. The Flyers were upset on the road against Duquesne while George Mason got rolled by conference powerhouse St. Bonaventure. These two teams will be meeting for the second time this season, the Flyers winning and covering in their first matchup.
Dayton could not find their offensive flow in their last game shooting just 40% as a team. They are one of the better teams offensively in the country shooting 47% on the season ranking them 40th in the country. They are led by guards Jalen Crutcher and Ibi Watson, both were able to put up 42 total points in their last matchup with the Patriots. The emergence of forward Mustapha Amzil has helped deal with the losses of Chase Johnson and Rodney Chatman. The Flyers offense is efficient with 2-point and 3-point field goal percentages ranking in the top 20.
George Mason has not been effective consistently on the offensive end . They are led by guard Jordan Miller, averagin 15ppg on the season and was the lone bright spot in their loss to the Bonnies. The biggest problem for George Mason has been their inability to take freebies at the free throw line. They rank at the bottom of the nation from the free throw line. The Patriots seem to run their offense better on the road, their record of 6-1 to the over on the road is both baffling and intriguing for the fanbase and the betting community.
Dayton’s offense is almost elite level ranking 28th in the nation in effective field goal percentage, they are also great from the free throw line shooting 74% from the line. While their offense is great their defense is far from effective. George Mason shouldn’t have problems running their offense. With the talent on the Flyers offensive end and their struggles on defense I am rolling with the over 131. These two teams hit the over in their first matchup and the overall total dropped by 5 points. I would like to go with the Flyers covering the -6 spread but they have had a lot of problems closing out teams in the second half. This total is too low, so that seems like the better play.
Play of the day: George Mason/Dayton Over 131