The Bucknell Bison (4-8) look to put an end to their five-game road losing streak when they square off against the La Salle Explorers (8-3), who will try to continue their six-game home winning streak. Action begins at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 28, 2019.
Bucknell Bison vs. La Salle Explorers Betting Preview
In the Bison’s last contest, they were beaten by the Siena Saints, 81-71. With 23 points on 8-for-17 shooting, Jimmy Sotos was Bucknell’s leading scorer. Siena did a fantastic job of converting from the free throw line (29-35; 82.9 percent). Bucknell, meanwhile, forced the Saints into a turnover percentage of 18.4 (above the 15.4 mark opponents have averaged against Bucknell this season).
The Explorers hope to keep it rolling after defeating the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights in their last matchup, 66-58. La Salle was lifted by Ed Croswell, who led the team in scoring with 18 points on 7-for-10 shooting. The Explorers made 18 of their 23 free throws (78.3 percent) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 35.0 (above their season average of 26.1).
This is the first time these teams will battle this year, after the Bison won the sole game last season, 92-79. Bucknell’s 0.663 effective field goal percentage was its biggest advantage over La Salle, who had a mark of 0.385.
Bucknell Bison at La Salle Explorers Free Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – La Salle, ATS Winner – La Salle, O/U – Under
The Explorers rank 105th in assists per game (13.5) while the Bison rank 129th in assists allowed per game (13.2).
La Salle ranks 100th in steals per game (6.9) while Bucknell ranks 110th in steals allowed per game (6.8).
Bucknell averages 24.8 three pointers per game, which ranks 43rd in the country. La Salle ranks 127th in three pointers allowed per game (22.1).
The Explorers average 36.9 rebounds per game, which ranks 107th in the country. The Bison rank 150th in rebounds allowed per game (36.1).
Bucknell ranks 87th in blocks per game (3.0) while La Salle ranks 117th in blocks allowed per game (4.1).
The Explorers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 7.2, up from 3.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bison have scored an average of 68.6 points per game (0.9 below their season average) and allowed an average of 80.4 points per game (1.1 above their season average).