Boston University vs. American - 2/23/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston University vs. American - 2/23/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

American (14-12) at Boston University (16-12)

College Basketball: Sunday, February 23, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Case Gym)

The Line: Boston University -6 -- Over/Under: 142 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The American Eagles (14-12, CONF 10-5) and Boston University Terriers (16-12, CONF 10-5) face off in a Patriot League showdown at the Case Gym. American and Boston both sit with a 10-5 record in conference, and the winner of this game will have sole possession of second place. American knocked off Boston University 67-63 in early January. 

American comes into this game hot having won seven of their last ten games, and they have covered the spread in four of their last five games. 

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The Eagles offense has been strong on the road and at home, but the one big weakness has been the defense giving up 74.1 points per game away from their home floor. 

Junior guard Sa’eed Nelson is the star of American averaging 18.2 points while shooting 47.3 percent from the field. In each of the last four games, Nelson has scored at least 22 points, and he will be a major key if American wants to pull off the big upset.

BU much like American has had a lot of success during conference play, but they come into this game having lost two of the last three games. On the season Boston is averaging 71.4 points per game, but in the last game against Lafayette they only could manage 59 and that led to a two-point loss. Against Lafayette, only two Boston players scored in doubt figures. 

BU’s defense hasn’t been great giving up 70 points per game at home, so to have success the offense needs to run up the score.

Boston’s offense is led by Max Mahoney who is averaging 15.5 points and 7.7 rebounds per game. 

The over is 8-2 in American’s last 10 games played on Sunday. The over is 7-2-1 in Boston’s last 10 home games. 

Boston should be able to get their offense back on track in this one, and much like the rest of the season, their defense should also struggle. Look for Boston and American to get into a track meet and for both teams to score at least 70 points, which will push this game over the posted total of 142. 

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The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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