Bucknell vs American Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/7/24

American (16-15) vs Bucknell (13-17)

Game Info: Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 12:00 pm (Bender Arena)

Betting Odds: American Eagles -4.5 -- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Bucknell Bison and the American Eagles meet Thursday in Patriot League Tournament college basketball action from Bender Arena. Bucknell enters this one at 13-18 overall following a win over Lafayette on Saturday. As for American, they’re 16-15 after a loss to Navy. Let’s get into our Bucknell vs. American prediction. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Pick Dawgz.

Bucknell Bison

The Bison were 9-13 at the end of January, then hit a 1-5 stretch. The losses during that time were versus American, Boston U, Lehigh, Colgate and Holy Cross. Bucknell recovered with wins in the next three games over Army, Loyola MD and Lafayette, however.

In the Lafayette matchup on Saturday, the Bison held a 26-24 edge by the break. Bucknell had a solid second half on a 34-26 run and took the eventual victory 60-50 in the end. Elvin Edmonds (six assists) and Ruot Bijiek (bench; six rebounds) each scored 12 points to lead the way.

American Eagles

Over on the American side, they’ve had a pretty choppy year. The Eagles were 13-10 on February 3, then hit a 1-4 run with losses to Loyola MD, Holy Cross, Lafayette and Boston U. The Eagles would beat Colgate and Army in the next pair before another loss to Navy.

Matched up against the Midshipmen on Saturday, the Eagles trailed by two points in the locker room. American was outscored 39-35 the rest of the way and ended up with a 71-65 defeat. Matt Rogers and Elijah Stephens each scored 23 points, combining for nine boards and seven assists.


I’ll take a stab on Bucknell. This should be a pretty good matchup regardless, though. The Bison didn’t shoot all that well (38.6 percent) versus Lafayette in their last outing. The defense was great however, as Bucknell gave up just 35.1 percent shooting on the other side. The Bison haven’t cracked 68 points in any of the last seven games but they’ve given up 50 or fewer in three straight.

The Bison lost both matchups between these teams this year: 71-63 at home and 75-66 (OT) on the road. Bucknell likely isn’t going to put up a huge total in this one, so they’re going to have to keep the pace slow and rely on defense. I think the Bison have a decent shot, but you could make a case either way. I’m probably not touching this one. 

Andrew’s Pick Bucknell Bison +4.5

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