Monmouth vs. Bucknell - 3/16/16 NIT College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Bucknell Bison (17-13) at Monmouth Hawks (27-7)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 16, 2016 at 7:30 pm (Multipurpose Activity Center)
The Line: Monmouth Hawks -8 -- Over/Under: 157 See the Latest Odds
The Monmouth Hawks and the Bucknell Bison face off on Wednesday in NIT college basketball action.
The Monmouth Hawks are 27-7 this season and were the most noticeable snub by the NCAA Tournament selection committee this season. Monmouth is averaging 79.4 points per game and they are shooting 43.6 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 71.7 points and their opponents are shooting 39 percent. Justin Robinson leads the Hawks averaging 19.5 points per game. Micah Seaborn is averaging 13.1 points, Deon Jones is averaging 10.2 points and 6.3 rebounds, and Je’lon Hornbeak is averaging 8.7 points. Monmouth is 10-1 at home and 8-3 in games outside of the MAAC.
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The Bucknell Bison are 17-13 this season and they lost in overtime to eventual Patriot League Champion Holy Cross to land in this spot. Bucknell is averaging 78 points per game and they are shooting 45.8 percent from the floor while defensively they are allowing 73.7 points and their opponents are shooting 42.9 percent. Chris Haas leads the Bison averaging 17.2 points per game. Nana Foulland is averaging 11.8 points and 6.9 rebounds, Zach Thomas is averaging 10.2 points and 5.6 rebounds, and Stephen Brown is averaging 9.2 points and 5.3 assists. Bucknell is 9-6 on the rod and 3-8 outsode of the Patriot League.
Monmouth is 5-2 against the spread in their last seven non-conference games, 0-4 against the spread at home against a team with a winning road record, and 11-2 against the spread against a team with a winning record. Bucknell is 4-1 against the spread in their last four road games, 5-12 against the spread in their last 17 non-conference games, and 5-2 against the spread on the road against a team with a winning home record.
There are two ways this can go for Monmouth one being they are flat after their big snub or two they are super motivated after it. I look for Monmouth to show pride and drill Bucknell here.