Bucknell vs. Boston University - 3/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Boston University Terriers (15-15) at Bucknell Bison (23-9)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 2:00 pm (Sojka Pavilion)
The Line: Bucknell Bison -11.5 -- Over/Under: 148 See the Latest Odds
We have some Patriot League conference tournament semifinals action as the Bucknell Bison take on the Boston Terriers in a college basketball matchup on Sunday.
The Bucknell Bison reached the semi-finals after taking down Loyola-Maryland in their last outing by a final score of 83-78, pushing their current winning streak to 8 games. Zach Thomas led the Bison with 27 points on 6 of 11 shooting with a 13 of 17 mark from the foul line with 11 rebounds for the double-double. Kimbal MacKenzie came 2nd with 18 points on 5 of 11 shooting with 4 threes while Stephen Brown added 16 points, 4 assists and a pair of steals. Nana Foulland added 14 points with 8 rebounds and a team-high 5 assists and 5 blocks to round out the foursome of double-digit scorers for Bucknell in the win. Thomas leads Bucknell with an average of 21.2 points and 9.2 rebounds per game while Brown leads the Bison in assists with 4.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Bucknell is scoring 80.8 points per game on 46.7% shooting from the field, 33.7% from behind the arc and 71.9% from the foul line this season.
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The Boston Terriers got to the semis by defeating Lehigh in their last outing by a final score of 88-82. Max Mahoney led Boston with 27 points on 9 of 13 shooting with a 9 of 10 mark from the foul line while Javante McCoy came 2nd with 21 points on 5 of 12 shooting with 4 threes and Walter Whyte added 16 points with a team-high 8 rebounds and 3 steals to round out the trio of double digit scorers for Boston in the win. Tyler Scanlon chipped in 8 points and a team-high 7 assists while Cedric Hankerson added 3 steals of his own in the winning effort for the Terriers. Mahoney leads Boston in scoring with 13.2 points per game while Scanlon leads the Terriers with 5.6 rebounds and 3 assists per game this season. As a team, Boston is scoring 70.9 points per game on 46.6% shooting from the field, 37.6% from behind the arc and 64.1% from the foul line this season.
The over is 3-1-1 in Bucknell’s last 5 home games, 8-3-1 in their last 12 games following a win and 11-5-1 in their last 17 games overall. Boston is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their lat 5 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 21-7 in their last 28 road games. Boston is 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
Boston actually salvaged a season split with the Bison and Bucknell doesn’t have much to go on as the Bison haven’t played many lined games. Bucknell is the team to beat in the Patriot league, but the Bison have let some below average competition hang around like only beating Loyola-Maryland by 5 and Holy Cross by 1 in overtime. Bucknell has also thrown in some blowouts in the month of February, but conference tournament time teams step up and I think we see that here so I’ll take a shot at Boston and the points.