Bucknell at Colgate: 3/10/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Colgate Raiders (12-1) vs Bucknell Bison (3-5)
Game Info: Wednesday, March 10, 2021 at 7:30 pm (Cotterell Court)
Betting Odds: Colgate Raiders -14 -- Over/Under: 153.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Bucknell Bison will travel to Cotterell Court to take on the Colgate Raiders this in the Semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament this Wednesday night.
The Bucknell Bison (5-6) was able to advance to the Semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament after defeating the 3-seed Lafayette Leopards, 92-84, this past Saturday. Bucknell was outstanding on the offensive end against Lafayette and was able to pull away in the 2nd half after taking a 72-60 lead with 8:24 left in regulation. Bucknell shot 54.5% from the field and 50.0% from beyond the arc while Lafayette shot 47.5% from the field and 37.5% from beyond the arc. Bucknell lost the turnover battle by a 15-9 margin, however, outrebounded Lafayette by a 38-23 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Bison was John Meeks who had a double-double with 31 points, 11 rebounds, & 3 assists.
On the season, Bucknell is averaging 74.9 ppg on 45.6% shooting from the field. The Bison are averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game on 33.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Bucknell has been led by John Meeks (25.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 2.2 apg), Andrew Funk (12.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.5 apg), Xander Rice (11.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 3.5 apg), & Deuce Turner (9.1 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.1 spg).
Defensively, Bucknell is allowing their opponents to average 74.8 ppg on 42.8% shooting from the field. The Bison have a rebound margin of -1.7 and a turnover margin of -1.3.
The Colgate Raiders (12-1) was able to advance to the Semifinals of the Patriot League Tournament after defeating the Boston University Terriers, 77-69, this past Saturday. Colgate was solid defensively against Boston University and was able to hold off the Terriers for the victory after taking a 61-53 lead with 6:26 left in regulation. Colgate shot 44.4% from the field and 25.0% from beyond the arc while Colgate shot 44.4% from the field and 25.0% from beyond the arc. Colgate outrebounded Boston University by a 41-37 margin and also won the turnover battle by an 8-6 margin. Leading the way for the Raiders was Jordan Burns who had 16 points, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, & 2 steals.
On the season, Colgate is averaging 85.0 ppg on 49.4% shooting from the field. The Raiders are averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game on 37.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Colgate has been led by Jordan Burns (17.0 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 5.4 apg, 1.7 spg), Jack Ferguson (12.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.0 apg), Nelly Cummings (12.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.0 apg), & Tucker Richardson (11.4 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.2 spg).
Defensively, Colgate is allowing their opponents to average 67.8 ppg on 40.0% shooting from the field. The Raiders have a rebound margin of 4.3 and a turnover margin of 2.0.
The Bison are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Raiders are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss, however, are just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games.
Colgate is the team to beat in the Patriot League and have one of the better offenses in the country as they currently rank 4th in scoring offense & 14th in FG%, however, this is just a bunch of points to give a Bucknell team that has some solid experience and just got their best player in John Meeks back in the lineup. Colgate should have no problem winning this game, however, Bucknell has a decent offense that ranks 86th in scoring offense & 89th in FG%, and as I expect another big game from John Meeks, I am taking the Bison and the points. Good Luck.