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Navy vs. Army - 1/14/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Army Black Knights (10-6) at Navy Midshipmen (12-6)

College Basketball: Sunday, January 14, 2018 at 2:30 pm (Alumni Hall)

The Line: Navy Midshipmen -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Army Black Knights will travel to Alumni Hall to take on the Navy Midshipmen this Sunday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Army Black Knights won their 2nd straight game and improved to 10-6 (3-2 Patriot League) on the season after defeating the Lafayette Leopards, 81-71, this past Thursday. Army found themselves down by a 43-26 margin at halftime, however, erased the 17-point deficit midway through the 2nd half and pulled away after taking a 73-66 lead with 2:23 left in regulation. Army shot 35.4% (12-33) from beyond the arc and won the turnover battle by an 18-6 margin. Leading the way for the Black Knights was Jordan Fox who had 18 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. On the season, Army is averaging 78.5 ppg on 46.1% shooting from the field. The Black Knights are averaging 10.3 three-pointers per game on 42.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Army has been led by Jordan Fox (14.9 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.0 spg), Matthew Wilson (12.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg), Alex King (10.4 ppg, 4.1 rpg), and Thomas Funk (10.1 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 6.3 apg). Defensively, Army is allowing their opponents to average 72.8 ppg on 42.0% shooting from the field. The Black Knights have a rebound margin of 1.4 and a turnover margin of 0.9.

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Navy vs. Army - 1/14/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Navy Midshipmen improved to 12-6 (3-2 Patriot League) on the season after defeating the Holy Cross Crusaders, 61-56 in OT, this past Thursday. Navy had a few chances to win at the end of regulation that came up short, however, pulled away in overtime after two Cam Davis FT’s gave Navy a 59-53 lead with :33 seconds left. Navy Held Army to 38.0% shooting from the field and 25.9% (7-27) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Midshipmen was Tom Lacey who had 7 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and a block. On the season, Navy is averaging 70.4 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Midshipmen are averaging 7.1 three-pointers per game on 35.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Navy has been led by Shawn Anderson (12.6 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 3.1 apg), Bryce Dulin (11.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.9 apg), Hasan Abdullah (10.7 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 3.4 apg, 2.3 bpg), and Tom Lacey (9.1 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.8 apg). Defensively, Navy is allowing their opponents to average 67.1 ppg on 44.0% shooting from the field. The Midshipmen have a rebound margin of 4.9 and a turnover margin of 0.3.

The Black Knights are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Midshipmen are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games however, are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win.

Army has won 3 of their last 4 games and has been led by their offense that ranks 87th in scoring offense, 9th in assists per game, and 5th in 3P-FG%. Navy has also won 3 of their last 4 games and although they rank just 271st on the offense end, the Midshipmen have gotten it done defensively as the Navy ranks 68th in scoring defense. Navy has a defense that can really slow down the pace of this game, however, I like how Army has shot from beyond the arc this season and as the Black Knights have played and competed against some better teams then Navy has seen, I’m taking Army to cover this small spread. 

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