Game 17 - George Washington (13-3) vs. George Mason (13-4)
Nuts & Bolts
Date: January 15, 2024
Time: 2:00 p.m. ET
Venue: Charles E. Smith Center - Washington, DC
How to Watch: CBS Sports Network
Matchup History: George Washington leads all-time series 14-9
Last Meeting: George Mason def. GW 66-53 on 2/15/23
Betting Lines: Via DraftKings
Spread: George Washington +2.5
Prediction: George Washington 81, George Mason 80
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For the second time in three days, Chris Caputo’s George Washington Revolutionaries hit the floor for an Atlantic 10 game at the Charles E Smith Center.
The Revs have now won back-to-back games by a total of six points after losing the conference opener in triple overtime.
On Saturday, GW played in its fourth overtime in its first 16 games, defeating Davidson 83-79 thanks to yet another huge effort from James Bishop IV and a terrific performance by freshman Garrett Johnson.
Bishop poured in 20 points and dished out 7 assists in the win while Johnson scored a team-high 23, finishing 5-9 from deep in a game the Revs hit 13 threes.
The victory moves GW to 13-3 overall, its best start since the 2015-16 season, which is also the last time they made the NCAA Tournament.
On Monday, the Revs welcome in local rival George Mason, a formidable opponent that beat GW in the same building last year.
A win would move GW to 3-1 in the A10 before back-to-back road games at UMass and Richmond.
George Mason is off to a phenomenal start in 2023-24 under first-year Head Coach Tony Skinn, who replaced Kim English, who left GMU for the Providence job after Ed Cooley took the job at Georgetown.
However, despite the hot start, the Patriots are in desperate need of a win on Monday at GW, having lost back-to-back A10 games after a 2-0 start.
First, GMU dropped a 54-50 decision at home to VCU before hitting the road and falling 77-70 at Richmond.
A win on the road against GW, just as they did a season ago, could be the boost George Mason needs to hit another gear moving forward.
The Patriots have not made the NCAA Tournament since 2011 when Jim Larranaga was the head coach.
Of course, an assistant on that team, as well as the one that went all the way to the Final Four in 2006, was Chris Caputo.
The GW head coach has not beaten GMU in DC since taking over the program. It should be a pretty close to 50/50 crowd, making for a great environment in Foggy Bottom on Monday afternoon.