Army Black Knights vs. Bucknell Bison Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/19/14
Bucknell Bison (8-8) at Army Black Knights (8-8)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 19, 2014 at 3:00 pm (Christl Arena)
The Line: Army Black Knights -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Bucknell Bison take to the road to tangle with the Black Knights of Army.
This clearly is not the same Bucknell squad we've been accustomed to seeing the past few years and the numbers tell us that. The Bison have become a team that is heavily dependent on their defense and managing the scoreboard although that wasn't enough in a 62-61 loss to Navy. The visitors hit at 43.6% and gave the ball away 19 times which was decisive in a one point defeat. Ben Brackney and Steven Kaspar led the scoring with 12 points each with the duo of Chris Hass and Cameron Ayers combining for 21.
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Army has been an afterthought in the Patriot for quite awhile but not so much in 2013-14 where an 8-8 record is much better then this program sees at this time of the year. The Black Knights have succeeded behind solid scoring and lately the defense has been helping out. Having said that the D struggled in a 78-75 loss to visiting Holy Cross in which the Crusaders sank half their looks. The Black Knights stayed close with nine bombs but fell short at the stripe where HC held a 28-9 edge. Tanner Plomb exploded for a game high 29 points and ten rebounds with Kyle Wilson netting 17 and Dylan Cox chipping in with ten points.
I don't see a real advantage except Army is home and is improved while Bucknell is a shadow of their former selves. I'll take the points for now but I have to say the Black Knights are better...