The Patriot League Conference Tourney matchup between the Boston University Terriers (20-13, 14-6 Pat) and the Colgate Raiders (25-8, 16-4 Pat) will take place at Cotterell Court. The Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 140 points with Colgate opening as a 6.5-point favorite. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, and it can be seen on CBS Sports Network.
Boston University Terriers at Colgate Raiders Betting Preview
The Terriers barely escaped the Bucknell Bison in their last game, 64-61, but failed to cover as 6-point favorites. Max Mahoney was Boston University’s leading scorer with 17 points on 6-for-11 shooting. Boston University out-rebounded Bucknell. The Terriers had more offensive rebounds (11 vs. three), defensive rebounds (27 vs. 20) and total rebounds (38 vs. 23). The two teams combined to score 125 points, which finished under the O/U total of 134.
The last time the Raiders played, they easily covered the 11.5-point spread against the Lafayette Leopards, 89-64. Will Rayman played a pivotal role for Colgate with 16 points and 11 rebounds. The Raiders had an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 48.7 (above their season average of 27.2) and held the Leopards to an effective field goal percentage of 0.402 (below their season average of 0.532). The two clubs combined to score 153 points, which finished over the O/U total of 147.5.
Of Boston University’s 32 games that accepted bets, 17 have finished over the projected point total, while 18 of Colgate’s 32 games have finished over the projected point total. The Raiders come into this game with a significant advantage in both straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 25-8 SU and 16-16 ATS, while the Terriers are 20-13 SU and 12-19-1 ATS.
Colgate should be expected to protect the ball well in this contest. Colgate ranks 24th in the nation at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.0 percent), while Boston University forces the 78th-fewest turnovers (17.6 percent). Furthermore, the Terriers, who rank 329th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.177), could struggle to get to the line against the Raiders, who rank 19th in opponents’ FTA rate (0.162).
Boston University at Colgate ATS Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Boston University, ATS Winner – Boston University, O/U – Under
The Terriers rank 122nd in rebounds per game (36.1) while the Raiders rank 153rd in rebounds allowed per game (35.2).
Boston University is 7-10-1 ATS on the road, while Colgate is 10-5 ATS at home.
The total has gone over in 10 of the Raiders’ 15 home games, while 9 of the Terriers’ 18 road games have gone over.
Colgate ranks 10th in three pointers attempted per game (28.3) while Boston University ranks 211th (20.3).
The Raiders rank 50th in assists per game (14.5) while the Terriers rank 165th (12.6).
Colgate ranks 44th in steals allowed per game (5.5) while Boston University ranks 133rd (6.5).
Colgate is 4-1 ATS with 4 overs and 1 under in its last five games.
Across its past five outings, Boston University is 0-5 ATS with 3 unders and 2 overs.
The Raiders’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 18.6, up from 8.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Terriers have scored an average of 65.2 points per game (5.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 62.4 points per game (4.5 below their season average).