Looking to win big? The Eagles and Bison face off at 2:00 ET on CBSS. The Bison are hosting the game at Sojka Pavilion in Lewisburg, PA. The Eagles are the favored team in this Patriot League conference contest against the Bison. The game’s over/under currently sits at 132 points.
AMERICAN EAGLES VS BUCKNELL BISON BETTING PICK
The Pick: Bucknell Bison +1.5
This game will be played at Sojka Pavilion at 2:00 ET on Saturday, January 6th.
WHY BET THE BUCKNELL BISON:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Bison.
- Not only will Bucknell pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +1.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 132 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.
Can American Pull Off a Road Win?
After starting the season 5-7, American has won their last two games and are favored by 1.5 points on the road against Bucknell. So far, the Eagles have been favored in seven of their 14 games and have gone 6-1 in those contests.
On the road this season, American is just 2-6 and has been outscored by an average of 10.5 points per game. However, they are 4-1 at home and have an average scoring margin of +8.8 points per game in those contests.
As the favorite, American has gone 5-2 vs. the spread this season. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Eagles are 5-5. On the road, American has an ATS record of 4-4 this year and they are 2-1 in their last three road games vs. the spread.
This season, the over/under record for American sits at 7-6. So far, their games have averaged 146.2 points compared to an average over/under line of 140.3, resulting in a margin of 5.8 points. Today’s over/under line of 132 is lower than the average scoring total in their games this year. Over their last three games, their over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total is 148 points.
Coming off their recent game, the American offense tallied 75 points in a matchup against Lehigh. Their field goal percentage for the game was 55.1%, and they made 10 threes. The team’s top scorer is Matt Rogers, who comes into today’s matchup with an average of 15.6, while Elijah Stephens also maintains a PPG average of 11.9 leading up to the game.
On the defensive side, American is currently hovering around the NCAA’s average for points allowed, conceding an average of 74.6 points per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 8.2 threes per game vs. Bucknell. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 36.5%.
No Pressure for Bucknell as Home Dogs
The Bucknell Bison will be hosting the American Eagles today as 1.5-point underdogs. So far, they have an overall record of 4-10 and are 2-4 at home this season. In their last game, they defeated Holy Cross by a score of 70-58.
Over their last 10 games at home, the Bison are 5-5. So far this season, they have been the underdog in 12 of their 14 games and have gone 2-10 in those matchups. As the underdog, they have an average scoring margin of -4.7 points per game.
As the underdog, Bucknell has gone 5-7 against the spread this season. At home, the Bison have an ATS mark of 3-3 and are 6-4 in their last 10 home games vs. the spread. Over their last three games as the underdog, Bucknell is 0-3 ATS.
Today’s over/under line of 132 for the Bucknell game against American is right in line with the average scoring total in their games this season (133.4). So far, their over/under record for the year is 5-8-1. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 124 points and their OU record over their last 10 games is 4-5-1.
Bucknell finished with 70 points in their game against Holy Cross. This total surpasses their season-average of 62.5 points per game. In terms of offense, the Bison have a season-long field goal percentage of 42%, putting them 318th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 250th in percentage and 180th in three-pointers made.
At present, the Bison’s defense is nationally ranked 133rd, allowing 70.9 points per game. Bucknell will look once again to perform well on defense, holding Holy Cross to just 38% shooting in their most recent game.