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American vs Boston University 1/8/23 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Boston University Terriers (9-7) vs. American Eagles (11-3)
January 8, 2023 2:00 pm EDT
The Line: American Eagles -4.5 / Boston University Terriers +4.5; Over/Under: +128.5
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The Boston University Terriers and the American Eagles meet in college basketball action from the Bender Arena on Sunday.

The Boston University Terriers will look to build on a 73-69 OT win over Lafayette in their last matchup. Walter Whyte leads the Terriers in scoring and rebounding with 14.5 PPG and 6.1 RPG while Ethan Brittain-Watts has 10.3 PPG and a team-high 2.3 APG to lead the Terriers in assists as the only other double-digit scorer for the Terriers up to this point in the season. As a team, Boston University is averaging 69.9 PPG on 41.5% shooting from the field, 34.4% from behind the arc and 70.4% from the foul line this season.

The American Eagles will try to build on a three-game win streak after a 73-68 OT win over Holy Cross last time out. Matt Rogers leads American in scoring with 14 PPG and 5.5 RPG while Johnny O’Neil has 12.3 PPG and a team-high 6.5 RPG to lead American in rebounding and Geoff Sprouse has 10.4 PPG with 2.4 APG to finish off the group of double-digit scorers for American up to this point in the season. Elijah Stephens has a team-high 4.4 APG to lead the Eagles in assists this season. As a team, American is averaging 68.1 PPG on 49.4% shooting from the field, 37.5% from three and 71.9% from the foul line this season.

Boston University is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 road games against a team with a winning home record. American is 8-3 ATS in their last 11 games overall and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games following an ATS loss while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record.

I get the case to be made for either side in this game, but I’m leaning towards American here mainly because between two teams that struggle to score, I at least want the team that shoots the ball better and gives their team a better shot to put points on the board. Not a game I’m rushing to bet, but I’ll take American laying the points here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: American -4.5

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