Boston University Terriers vs. American Eagles - 3/3/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
American Eagles (11-18) at Boston University Terriers (18-13)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Case Gymnasium)
The Line: Boston University Terriers -8 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The American U Eagles battle the Boston University Terriers with a spot in the Patriot League semis on the line.
When I look at the American Eagles I see the same thing as everybody else as in a 9-9 conference mark and 11-18 record overall. Nothing that stands out but they are something of an anomaly with just 57 points scored and 65 points allowed and they somehow managed to grab the 6th seed. The Eagles closed the regular season with four wins in a row with three coming by a single point but when your best chance of winning depends on slowing things to a crawl close games are to be expected and they must be won. AU isn’t going to change a thing at this stage but suffice to say that Jesse Reed and Delante Jones need to score in double figures and hope they and their 27 combined points get enough help to win what probably would be a nailbiter.
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The Boston U Terriers enjoyed a solid season in a Patriot League that resembled the haves and the have nots. At 18-13 with an 11-7 conference mark the Terriers are one of the haves with a third place finish. The Terriers only outscore the opposition 74-73 so on the surface there is very little wiggle room. However the Terriers played well above these numbers down the stretch with wins eight of ten. Both ends of the floor are carrying their own weight with four double digit scorers leading away. Eric Fanning leads the way with 15 points and five boards followed by Cheddi Mosely with 13.5 points. John Papale and Nathan Dieudonne combine for 21 points to form a strong basis for the offense right now.
The under is 12-4 in American last 16 overall and is 9-3 in their last 12 road games. The under is 24-8 in BU last 32 overall. If BU jumps to an early lead they cover and if American muddies the water they cover…