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Richmond vs Bucknell 12/21/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

Bucknell Bison (7-4) vs. Richmond Spiders (5-6)
December 21, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Richmond Spiders -10.5 / Bucknell Bison +10.5; Over/Under: +133.5
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The Bucknell Bisons and the Richmond Spiders meet in college basketball action from the Robins Center on Wednesday night.

The Bucknell Bisons will try to build on a 61-55 win over Merrimack in their last game. Xander Rice leads the Bison in scoring and assists with 15.9 PPG and 4.3 APG while Andre Screen has 11.6 PPG and 5.9 RPG this season. Alex Timmerman has 11.6 PPG with a team-high 6.9 RPG to lead the Bison on the glass and to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for Bucknell up to this point in the year. As a team, Bucknell is averaging 73.9 points per game on 50.2% shooting from the field, 40.3% from three-point range and 71.3% from the foul line this season.

The Richmond Spiders will hope to bounce back from an 85-57 loss to Clemson last time out. Tyler Burton leads the Spiders in scoring and rebounding with 18 PPG and 8.2 RPG while Jason Nelson has 10.4 PPG with a team-high 3.1 APG as the only other Spider to score in double figures while also leading Richmond in assists this season. As a team, Richmond is averaging 68.4 PPG on 43.8% shooting from the field, 35.1% from three and 70% from the foul line this season.

Bucknell is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 road games against a team with a winning home record and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS loss while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games following a win. Richmond is 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600.

I get the case to be made for Richmond laying the points at home in this one as the Spiders have played the far tougher schedule this season. However, this is a lot of points to lay with a Richmond offense that’s clearly suffering the effects of so much turnover throughout the lineup, and one that’s been struggling to score, logging 68.4 PPG this season. Bucknell has put up 73.9 PPG and are shooting the ball fairly efficiently, so I think the Bisons are capable of keeping this one within single digits. Give me the Bisons and the points here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Bucknell +10.5

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