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Bucknell vs American 2/9/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

American Eagles (6-16) vs. Bucknell Bison (5-19)
February 9, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Bucknell Bison -4.5 / American Eagles +4.5 ; Over/Under: 143
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The American University Eagles will travel to Sojka Pavilion to take on the Bucknell Bison this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The American University Eagles lost their 3rd straight game and dropped to 6-16 on the season after being defeated by the Colgate Raiders, 86-68, this past Saturday. American University had no answers on the defensive end for Colgate and could not fight back after the Raiders took a 69-57 lead with 7:28 left in regulation. American University shot 44.1% from the field & 41.7% from beyond the arc while allowing Colgate to shoot 65.4% from the field & 47.1% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Eagles was Johnny O’Neil who had 19 points, 4 rebounds, & 2 steals.

On the season, American University is averaging 63.7 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Eagles are averaging 5.2 three-pointers per game on 32.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, American University American University has been led by Stacy Beckton Jr. (12.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.2 spg), Colin Smalls (10.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.0 spg), Matt Rogers (9.5 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.8 apg), & Johnny O’Neil (9.0 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.6 apg).

Defensively, American University is allowing their opponents to average 73.2 ppg on 48.9% shooting from the field. The Eagles have a rebound margin of -4.0 and a turnover margin of -2.0.

The Bucknell Bison lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 5-19 on the season after being defeated by the Lafayette Leopards, 74-72 (OT), this past Saturday. Bucknell was able to force OT after Xander Rice hit three FT’s with just :06 seconds left in regulation to force OT, however, the Bison offense struggled in the extra period and Lafayette was able to pull off the victory after Neal Quinn hit a game-winning layup for the Leopards with just :02 seconds left in regulation. Bucknell shot 45.2% from the field & 40.0% from beyond the arc while allowing Lafayette to shoot 38.6% from the field & 20.0% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Bison was Andrew Funk who had a double-double with 20 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, & 1 steal.

On the season, Bucknell is averaging 69.5 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field. The Bison are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 35.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Bucknell has been led by Andrew Funk (18.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.3 apg), Xander Rice (12.0 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.3 spg), Andre Screen (10.7 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.0 bpg), & Alex Timmerman (7.5 ppg, 5.2 rpg).

Defensively, Bucknell is allowing their opponents to average 78.9 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Bison have a rebound margin of -3.3 and a turnover margin of -4.7.

The Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a double-digit loss at home, however, are just 9-13 ATS overall on the season. Bucknell are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall, however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games.

American has lost 6 of their last 7 games and have struggled on both ends of the court this season as the Eagles come into this ranked just 322nd in scoring offense, 281st in scoring defense, & 349th in defensive FG%. Bucknell has also struggled this season, however, the Bison have played better as of late which includes and OT win at home against Loyola (MD) and between the fact that the Eagles are just 2-11 on the road and that I think the Bison offense will have plenty of success in this one, I’m taking Bucknell to cover this small home spread. Good Luck!

Brett Nault's Free Pick: Bucknell Bison -4.5

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Brett has been involved with sports his entire life, whether playing them or betting on them, and loves using his education in data analytics to break down all matchups to get you a competitive edge. Follow Brett Nault on Twitter @BrettCU05

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