Navy vs American Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/2/24

American (16-14) vs Navy (11-17)

Game Info: Saturday, March 2, 2024 at 2:00 pm (Bender Arena)

Betting Odds: American -6.5 - Over/Under: 130.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Navy Midshipmen will head out to D.C. to meet the American Eagles in Patriot League play this Saturday from the Bender Arena on ESPN+. American comes in as 6.5-point home favorites, with the total hovering 130.5. Stay tuned for our Navy vs American Prediction.  

Navy Rundown: Can the Midshipmen Make It Four Straight?

Navy moved to 11-17 after defeating Lafayette in Annapolis by four, 62-58. The Midshipmen held off a late rally from the Leopards, and they’ll look to close the year with a fourth straight victory here in D.C. Navy is scoring 66.7 points per game, on 39.4% shooting, while allowing 65.1 ppg, and they’re currently 7th in the Patriot League with a 7-10 record in conference play. 

Navy’s X-Factors

  • Sophomore guard Austin Benigni went for a team-high 20 points in the win over Holy Cross,  and he leads the Midshipmen in scoring (16.5) and assists (3.7).
  • Second-year forward Donovan Draper posted a 14-point double-double in the Loyola victory, and he leads the Midshipmen in rebounding (9.2), while averaging an identical 9.1 ppg.
  • Richmond native Mac MacDonald scored 16 points in the January 31st matchup with Loyola, and he’s third on the team at 8.6 ppg.  

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American Rundown: Eagles Looking For More Tournament Momentum

American moved to 16-14 after defeating Army in West Point, 73-51. The Eagles pulled away from the Cadets in the second half, and they’ll look to complete the regional sweep this Saturday versus the Midshipmen. American is scoring 69.2points per game, on 45.3% shooting, while allowing 70.8 ppg, and they’re currently second in the Patriot League with a 10-7 record in conference play. 

American’s X-Factors

  • Senior forward Matt Rogers went for a game-high 25 points in the first Navy victory, and he leads American in scoring (16.1) and rebounding (6.2). 
  • Waco native Elijah Stephens scored 19 points in the February 1st win over Lafayette, and he’s up to 12.2 ppg and a team-leading 5.2 apg.
  • Sophomore guard Geoff Sprouse chipped in a season-high 22 points in the OT win over Bucknell, and he’s third on the team at 10.0 ppg.   

Navy vs American Trends

  • NAV is 10-15-2 against the spread, with a 16-11 over/under record
  • The Midshipmen are 3-7 over their last ten games, and they’re 2-12 on the road this season. 
  • AME is 16-13 against the spread, with a 14-14-1 O/U record
  • The Eagles are 5-5 over their previous ten games, and they’re 8-5 in Washington this season. 

Navy vs American Prediction

Navy’s managed closed the season admirably after dropping eight consecutive games, but they’ll now have to face the best offense in the conference on the road, and that could lead to trouble. American hasn’t been matchup proof, but their offensive upside has put them in the great spots all thru Patriot League play, and we could be in for more of the same Saturday. Throw in the emotions of Senior Day, and I like backing American for this regional battle in the Capitol. 

Corey’s Pick American TO COVER

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