Pat foes will collide when the American University Eagles (9-9, 5-2 Pat) take on the Colgate Raiders (15-5, 6-1 Pat) at Bender Arena. Action begins at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 25, 2020.
Colgate Raiders at American University Eagles Betting Preview
In the Raiders’ last contest, they beat the Bucknell Bison, 80-65. With 19 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, Colgate’s Will Rayman had a solid game. The Raiders had a superb free throw rate of 0.250 (above their season average of 0.154) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.708 (above their season average of 0.535).
The Eagles come in on a high note after edging the Loyola Maryland Greyhounds in their last contest, 93-91. American University was led by Mark Gasperini, who put up 16 points and 12 rebounds. The Eagles forced 16 turnovers and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 37.1 (above their season average of 25.5).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Raiders won 65-51. The Raiders dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.119 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.492. For those same stats, the Eagles had marks of 0.082 and 0.377, respectively. Despite the loss, Sa’eed Nelson had a standout performance in the game, putting up 14 points and six rebounds.
American University could have trouble getting to the foul line in this contest. The Eagles currently rank 296th in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.191, while Colgate ranks 22nd in FTA rate allowed (0.161). Moreover, the Raiders’ 54th-ranked offense (offensive efficiency of 109.2) will attempt to exploit the Eagles’ 304th-ranked defense (defensive efficiency of 105.0).
Colgate vs. American University ATS Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Colgate, ATS Winner – Colgate, O/U – Under
The Raiders rank 44th in blocks allowed per game (2.8) while the Eagles rank 82nd (3.2).
American University ranks 74th in steals per game (7.4) while Colgate ranks 81st in steals allowed per game (6.1).
American University ranks 13th in three pointers allowed per game (16.6) while Colgate ranks 214th (23.8).
The Raiders rank 175th in rebounds per game (35.3) while the Eagles rank 264th (32.3).
Colgate averages 14.8 assists per game, which ranks 55th in the nation. American University ranks 134th in assists allowed per game (12.6).
The Eagles have outscored opponents by an average of 2.8 points in their last five games. On the season, American University has lost by an average of 0.9 points.
During their last five games, the Raiders have scored an average of 77.6 points per game (2.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 67.8 points per game (1.4 below their season average).