Boston University vs. Bucknell - 3/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Bucknell Bison (14-19) at Boston University Terriers (19-13)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Case Gym)
The Line: Boston University Terriers -7 -- Over/Under: 134
The Bucknell Bison (14-19, 10-10 Patriot) travel to Boston, MA to take on the Boston University Terriers (19-13, 13-6 Patriot) in a Patriot League Tournament Semifinal game at Agganis Arena. Boston University won both their match-ups with Bucknell this season.
Bucknell is 5-5 straight up and 6-4 against the spread in their last 10 games. Bucknell is 3-7 straight up and 6-4 against the spread in conference road games this season. On the road, Bucknell has scored 65.5 points per game and allowed 73.3 points per game to opponents, and the Bison have shot 41.1% from the field, 33.7% from 3 and 72.5% from the free-throw line in road games this season.
Bucknell has won 5 of their last 7 games, and the Bison defeated American in their last game 64-59 as a 5-point road underdog. Bucknell is ranked 244th by KenPom, with the 286th ranked offense and 191st ranked defense in the country. Bucknell is led by Junior guard Jimmy Sotos, who averages 11.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game, and Junior forward John Meeks, who averages 11.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game.
Boston University is 7-3 straight up and 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 games. Boston University is 8-2 straight up and 3-7 against the spread in conference home games this season. At home, Boston University has scored 75.2 points per game and surrendered 66.9 points per game to opponents, and the Terriers have shot 49% from the field, 34% from 3 and 65.7% from the free-throw line at home this season.
Boston University has won 4 of their last 6 games, and the Terriers defeated Navy in their last game 69-63 as a 7-point home favorite. Boston University is ranked 162nd by KenPom, with the 161st ranked offense and 189th ranked defense in the nation. Boston University is led by Senior forward Max Mahoney, who averages 15.4 points, 8.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game, and Junior guard Walter Whyte, who averages 12.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.
Bucknell is 6-4 straight up and 5-5 against the spread in their last 10 games versus Boston University, and the over is 7-3 during that stretch. The under is 9-1 in the last 10 games for Bucknell and 5-4-1 in the last 10 for Boston University.
Boston University blew Bucknell out in their first match-up, but the most recent game between these two was very tightly contested. I think Bucknell can win this game outright, so I’ll take the Bison and the points.