Bucknell vs Duke Prediction - College Basketball Picks 11/17/23

Duke Blue Devils (2-1) vs Bucknell Bison (1-3)

Game Info: Friday, November 17, 2023 at 6:00 pm (Cameron Indoor Stadium)

Betting Odds: Duke Blue Devils -31.5 -- Over/Under: 140.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Bucknell Bison will play the Duke Blue Devils in a non-conference game on Friday night at Cameron Indoor Stadium in Durham, North Carolina. Bucknell has only won one of their first four games, while Duke has started the year 2-1. 

Bucknell Preview

The Bucknell Bison are 1-3 this season after they lost to La Salle by a score of 69-57 in their last game. Bucknell only scored 28 and 29 points in each half for the loss. The Bison shot 37.5% from the field and turned the ball over 17 times in the game. Bucknell’s only win this season came against Niagara by a score of 73-64. Bucknell is scoring 62 points per game with 31 rebounds per game and 11 assists per game, while giving up 72.8 points against per game this season. Jack Forrest is averaging 16.8 points per game, 5.3 rebounds per game, and 1.5 steals per game. Bucknell is shooting 41.7% from the field, 63.4% on free throws, and 30.7% on three pointers this season. 

Duke Preview

The Duke Blue Devils are 2-1 this year after they defeated Michigan State by a score of 74-65 in their last game. Duke held MSU to only 20 points in the first half and they were able to hang on in the second half for the win. The Blue Devils shot 44.9% from the field and attempted 30 free throws in the game. Duke lost to Arizona by a score of 78-73 for their only loss so far this season. Duke is scoring 79.7 points per game with 33.7 rebounds per game and 16.3 assists per game, while giving up 65.7 points against per game this season. Kyle Filipowski is averaging 21.7 points per game with 7.7 rebounds per game and 1.3 assists per game. Duke is shooting 50.9% from the field, 77.8% on free throws, and 33.9% on three pointers this year. 


Duke is coming off of two great matchups against Michigan State and Arizona, where they won one game and lost one game. The Blue Devils will get a break in this game, as they should beat Bucknell easily, but this could be a game that Duke is not focused for. Bucknell has been pretty bad this season and they are only scoring 62 points per game, but I like them with this giant spread. I do think Duke will start slow in this game, as they have much less motivation for this game than they had in the previous two. Take Bucknell here. 

David’s Pick Bucknell +31.5

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