The Patriot League Conference Tourney contest between the Bucknell Bison (14-19, 10-10 Pat) and the Boston University Terriers (19-13, 13-6 Pat) will be played at Case Gym. Tip-off is set for 12 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 8, 2020, and it can be seen on CBS Sports Network.
Bucknell Bison at Boston University Terriers ATS Preview
In the Bison’s last game, they defeated the American University Eagles, 64-59. Avi Toomer was Bucknell’s leading scorer with 18 points on 6-for-9 shooting. Bucknell’s 0.570 effective field goal percentage was their biggest strength over American University, who had a mark of 0.405. The Bison’s mark was above their season average of 0.489, while the Eagles’ was below their season average of 0.520.
The Terriers will look to maintain momentum after beating the Navy Midshipmen in their last matchup, 69-63. Boston University’s Walter Whyte played a pivotal role with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Boston University played a flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.228 (above their season average of 0.177) and a turnover percentage of 13.2 (better than their season average of 14.6). For those same stats, Navy was 0.158 and 14.9, respectively.
Bucknell may have trouble getting to the free throw line in this meeting. The Bison rank 286th in the country with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.197, while Boston University ranks 37th in FTA rate allowed (0.178).
Bucknell Bison vs. Boston University Terriers Free Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Boston University, ATS Winner – Boston University, O/U – Under
Boston University ranks 122nd in rebounds per game (36.0) while Bucknell ranks 256th (32.8).
The Bison rank 32nd in three pointers allowed per game (18.2) while the Terriers rank 91st (20.2).
Bucknell averages 7.1 steals per game, which ranks 81st in the NCAA. Boston University ranks 128th in steals allowed per game (6.4).
The Terriers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 1.8, down from 4.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bison have scored an average of 66.2 points per game (1.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 66.8 points per game (4.4 below their season average).