Houston vs. George Mason Pick
ODDS: Oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv have installed George Mason as a 7.5-point favorite versus Houston, while the over/under total for tonight’s game is currently sitting at 152 points. The Cougars enter play with a 20-12 overall record while the Patriots are 19-14 on the year.
LINE MOVEMENT: George Mason opened as a 6.5-point favorite over Houston, but the spread has been bet up to 7.5 at most sports books. As for the total, it opened at 148.5 and has jumped to 152 or 152.5 depending on what sports book you view.
PUBLIC BETTING: Of the wagers placed on tonight’s game, 60% of college basketball public bettors currently favor Houston. This information is subject to change, however, so make sure you click on the link provided for the most up-to-date public betting numbers.
NCAA FREE PICK: Take Houston. According to the latest college basketball trends, Houston Cougars are 5 1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. George Mason is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Conference USA, 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win.
The Houston Cougars (20-12 SU, 12-10-1 ATS) are coming off an impressive home win over Texas, 73-72, getting 3 at home on Wednesday. They have won four of their last six. George Mason (19-14 SU, 16-14 ATS) has lost three of five but did beat Charleston on the road, 78-77, getting 3.5 on Tuesday. George Mason is just 8-6 straight up at home this year and 8-5 on the road. This could be George Mason's final game before they move from the CAA to the Atlantic 10 in July, a move they just announced on Monday. The Patriots have struggled at home in their 10,000-seat arena, but for whatever reason, have played decently on the road. George Mason averages 67.1 points, while allowing 64.9 points per game. Their opponents shoot 41 percent from the field and 34.3 percent from beyond the arc. Houston averages 77.1 points and shoots 46.2 percent from the field. They do allow 72.3 points and but teams on shoot 31.2 percent against them from beyond the arc. Houston is led by guard Joseph Young (17.9 points) and 6-8, 235-pound TaShawn Thomas (16.7 points, 9.5 rebounds). The Cougars have a lot of talent and a quality freshman in Danuel House, who hit the game-winner against Texas. He was the league's Freshman of the Year, after averaging 12.4 points and 5.0 rebounds.
2013 CBI TOURNAMENT: HOUSTON COUGARS +7.5