The Howard Bison (1-9) will be at home in Burr Arena when they clash with the Appalachian State Mountaineers (5-4). The game starts at 12 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 14, 2019.
Appalachian State Mountaineers vs. Howard Bison Betting Odds
Both teams were triumphant in their last game. The Bison won a close one over the Hampton Pirates 94-91, while the Mountaineers won big over the St. Andrews Presbyterian Knights 90-58.
Appalachian State dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 50.0 (above their season average of 25.4) and a turnover percentage of 13.2 (better than their season average of 18.3). St. Andrews Presbyterian put up marks of 16.0 and 36.4, respectively, for those same stats. The Bison, on the other hand, knocked down 34 of their 41 free throws (82.9 percent), while the Pirates had a turnover percentage of 17.0 (above the 13.2 mark opponents have averaged against Howard this season). Howard’s Zion Cousins had a good outing, putting up 15 points and 12 rebounds. Meanwhile, Appalachian State received a boost from James Lewis Jr, who finished with 10 points and 10 rebounds.
The Mountaineers won the only game between these two teams last year, 100-86. The Mountaineers’ 41.7 offensive rebounding percentage was their biggest strength over the Bison, who had a rate of 24.4.
Howard could struggle to create turnovers. Since the 2018-19 season, Appalachian State ranks 117th in the country at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 18.3 percent), while Howard has forced the ninth-fewest turnovers (19.2 percent).
Appalachian State vs. Howard ATS Pick
Prediction: SU Winner – Howard, ATS Winner – Howard, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
- Appalachian State averages 24.5 three pointers per game, which ranks 77th in the NCAA. Howard ranks 197th in three pointers allowed per game (23.6).
- The Mountaineers rank 131st in assists allowed per game (12.8) while the Bison rank 248th (15.8).
- Appalachian State averages 35.7 rebounds per game, which ranks 137th in the NCAA. Howard ranks 250th in rebounds allowed per game (39.8).