Looking to win big? The Bison and Raiders face off at 2:00 ET on ESPN+. The Raiders are hosting the game at Cotterell Court in Hamilton, NY. The over/under for this Patriot League conference contest is set at 138 points, with Colgate being favored by -13.5 at home against Bucknell.

BUCKNELL BISON VS COLGATE RAIDERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Bucknell Bison +13.5

This game will be played at Cotterell Court at 2:00 ET on Saturday, February 17th.

WHY BET THE BUCKNELL BISON:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Raiders.
  • Even though we have Colgate winning straight-up, we like Bucknell at +13.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 138 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Will the Bison Find a Way to Win in Hamilton?

After losing two straight games, Bucknell will look to get back on track against Colgate. So far this season, the Bison have gone 10-16, including a 7-6 record in the Patriot League. On the road, they have gone 6-8, and their average scoring margin is -4.0.

As the underdog, Bucknell has gone 6-14 this season. In their last game, they lost to Lehigh by a score of 71-63. Over their last ten games on the road, the Bison have gone 5-5.

As the underdog, Bucknell has an ATS record of 10-10 this season and is 14-12 overall. On the road, the Bison have gone 9-5 vs. the spread this year and have an ATS mark of 7-3 in their last 10 games away from home.

Today’s over/under line of 138 is a bit higher than the average over/under line in Bucknell’s games this season (134.6), but the average scoring total in their games (136) is slightly higher. So far, 10 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line of 138. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1.

The Bucknell offense is coming off a game in which they scored 63 points vs. Lehigh. Overall their field goal percentage was 35.3% while connecting on 7 threes. Offensively, the Bison have a season long field goal percentage of 43%, which is 272nd in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 132nd in percentage and 120th in three-pointers made.

The Bison’s defense is presently ranked 117th nationally, allowing an average of 70.0 points per contest. Bucknell will look once again to perform well on defense, holding Lehigh to just 35% shooting in their most recent game.

Can Colgate Lock in a Home Win?

Colgate comes into this game as a 13.5-point favorite, and they have been excellent at home this season, going 10-2 with an average scoring margin of +12.5 points per game. They have won their last five games at home, and over their last 10 games at home, they are 8-2.

On the season, Colgate has gone 18-8 overall, including a 12-1 record in the Patriot League. They have won 10 games in a row, and their record as the favorite this season is 16-2.

Colgate has been solid against the spread this season, going 14-9-2. They have been even better vs. the spread when favored, going 12-5-1. Their home ATS mark is 8-4, and they have been even better in their last 3 home games, going 3-0. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Raiders have an 8-2 ATS record.

Colgate’s over/under record this season is 10-14-1, and the average scoring total in their games is 135.7 points. Today’s over/under line of 138 is lower than their season average of 140.3 points per game. So far, 13 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-0-1, and the average scoring total in those games is 138 points.

In their recent matchup, the Colgate offense ended with 85 points against Holy Cross. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 54.1% and made 12 threes. In terms of offense, the Raiders have a season-long field goal percentage of 46%, putting them 131st in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 49th in percentage and 53rd in three-pointers made.

So far, the Raiders’ defense is ranked 22nd in the country at 64.2 points per contest. In their previous game vs. Holy Cross, the Crusaders finished with a field goal percentage of 54% and a total of 55 points vs. Colgate.