Halftime Report

Only one more half stands between George Mason and the win they were favored to collect coming into this afternoon. They have jumped out to a quick 29-24 lead against Richmond.

George Mason came into the match with some extra motivation after the loss they were dealt the last time these two teams faced off. We'll see if they're able to flip the script or if it'll just be more of the same.

Who's Playing

Richmond Spiders @ George Mason Patriots

Current Records: Richmond 23-7, George Mason 19-11

How To Watch

  • When: Saturday, March 9, 2024 at 2:30 p.m. ET
  • Where: EagleBank Arena -- Fairfax, Virginia
  • TV: USA Network
  • Follow: CBS Sports App
  • Online streaming: fuboTV (Try for free. Regional restrictions may apply.)
  • Ticket Cost: $7.00

What to Know

George Mason and Richmond are an even 5-5 against one another since February of 2019, but not for long. Both teams will face off in an Atlantic 10 battle at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday at EagleBank Arena. Both teams come into the contest bolstered by wins in their previous matches.

After a 92-84 finish the last time they played, George Mason and Rhode Island decided to play a little more cautiously this time around. The Patriots took down the Rams 69-51 on Wednesday. The win was a breath of fresh air for George Mason as it put an end to their three-game losing streak.

Amari Kelly and Darius Maddox were among the main playmakers for George Mason as the former scored 18 points along with six rebounds and the latter scored 21 points along with six rebounds and two steals. Kelly didn't help George Mason's cause all that much against Duquesne on Saturday but the same can't be said for this matchup. Less helpful for George Mason was Ronald Polite III's abysmal 0-6 three-point shooting.

Meanwhile, Richmond waltzed into their match on Wednesday with five straight wins but they left with six. They came out on top against the Hawks by a score of 73-66.

Richmond can attribute much of their success to Neal Quinn, who scored 21 points, and DeLonnie Hunt, who scored 18 points along with three steals.

The Patriots' victory bumped their record up to 19-11. As for the Spiders, they have been performing incredibly well recently as they've won 18 of their last 20 games, which provided a nice bump to their 23-7 record this season.

Saturday's contest is shaping up to be a scrappy matchup: George Mason have been smashing the glass this season, having averaged 36.4 rebounds per game. It's a different story for Richmond, though, as they've been averaging only 33.3 rebounds per game. Given George Mason's sizable advantage in that area, Richmond will need to find a way to close that gap.

George Mason came up short against Richmond in their previous matchup back in January, falling 77-70. A big factor in that loss was the dominant performance of Richmond's Jordan King, who went 6 for 8 from beyond the arc en route to 31 points and 1 assist. Now that George Mason knows the damage he can cause, will they be able to stop him this time? Check CBSSports.com after the match to find out.


George Mason is a slight 1-point favorite against Richmond, according to the latest college basketball odds.

The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 1-point spread, and stayed right there.

The over/under is 131 points.

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Series History

George Mason and Richmond both have 5 wins in their last 10 games.

  • Jan 13, 2024 - Richmond 77 vs. George Mason 70
  • Mar 08, 2023 - George Mason 62 vs. Richmond 57
  • Mar 04, 2023 - George Mason 62 vs. Richmond 60
  • Dec 31, 2022 - George Mason 62 vs. Richmond 58
  • Feb 09, 2022 - George Mason 87 vs. Richmond 84
  • Feb 07, 2022 - Richmond 62 vs. George Mason 59
  • Jan 09, 2021 - Richmond 77 vs. George Mason 57
  • Feb 19, 2020 - Richmond 65 vs. George Mason 50
  • Jan 18, 2020 - Richmond 97 vs. George Mason 87
  • Feb 27, 2019 - George Mason 77 vs. Richmond 63