The Bucknell Bison and the Duke Blue Devils meet Friday in college basketball action form Cameron Indoor Stadium. Bucknell is currently 1-3 on the season and coming off a 12-point loss to La Salle. As for Duke, they’re 2-1 overall after a victory over Michigan State on Tuesday. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
The Bison have had a pretty tough time scoring-wise so far this season. Bucknell kicked things off with a 78-57 loss to Delaware, then lost 80-61 to Penn in game two. In the Niagara game, the Bison got their first win of the year 73-64. Bucknell shot a nice 52.8 percent from the field in that victory, with a crushing advantage on the boards 36-16 (10-6 offensive).
In their latest matchup Tuesday versus La Salle, Bucknell fell into the loss column again. The Bison were down 33-28 by halftime and didn’t get any closer in a 69-57 loss. Leading the scoring was Jack Forrest with 27 points and four rebounds.
Duke Blue Devils
Over on the Blue Devils’ side, they’ve got a couple of victories sandwiched between a tough loss so far this season. Duke had a pretty routine opener blowout win 92-54 over Dartmouth, shooting a blistering 64.4 percent along the way. Game three was a tough one against Arizona, as the Blue Devils got out-rebounded 45-33 in a 78-73 defeat.
Duke got back to business Tuesday versus Michigan State, however. The Blue Devils took a 31-20 edge into the locker room and held strong in the second for a 74-65 win. Tops in scoring was Caleb Foster with 18 points, while Kyle Filipowski added 15 points with eight boards. Both Tyrese Proctor and Mark Mitchell added 13 points each as well.
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’ll stick with Duke in this one, even though the line's a little too thick to mess with. The Blue Devils are off to a nice start so far, even with the tough loss to a great Arizona team. Duke is coming off a pretty solid overall effort versus Michigan State with 44.9 percent shooting, a 40-35 rebounding edge and 17 team assists. There are still a few things to clean up however, like the 13 turnovers and sketchy 27.3 percent (6-of-22) from 3-point range.
As for Bucknell, they managed just 37.5 percent from the field and 62.5 percent (15-of-24) from the line in the La Salle game, coughing up 17 turnovers along the way. This one’s almost guaranteed to be a blowout victory for Duke, the only question is the margin. I think the Blue Devils will get there.