The Bucknell Bison (7-6, 1-0 Pat) will be at Case Gym to square off against the Boston University Terriers (7-7, 0-1 Pat) in a Pat matchup. Action gets underway at 1 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 5, 2019.
Bucknell Bison at Boston University Terriers ATS Odds
Both teams won a tight one over their last opponent. The Terriers defeated the Northeastern Huskies 77-74, while the Bison beat the St. Bonaventure Bonnies 88-85.
Bucknell played a nearly perfect game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 29.0 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.560. For those same stats, St. Bonaventure recorded marks of 22.6 and 0.517, respectively. Boston University, meanwhile, won the rebounding battle. The Terriers had more offensive rebounds (13 vs. eight), defensive rebounds (25 vs. 22) and total rebounds (38 vs. 30). Tyler Scanlon led the way for Boston University, contributing 16 points and eight rebounds. Meanwhile, Nate Sestina fueled Bucknell with 15 points and 16 rebounds.
The Bison took this series last year, securing victories in two out of three contests. In the most recent game, Bucknell won 90-59. The Bison’s offensive rebounding percentage was their largest strength over the Terriers. Bucknell had a rate of 40.7, while Boston University posted a mark of 25.0. This is the first time these teams will clash this year.
Kimbal Mackenzie has taken his game to another level as of late for Bucknell, averaging 0 points over the last five games.
Boston University could have a tough time creating turnovers. Bucknell ranks 113th in the nation at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 17.9 percent), while Boston University forces the 226th-most turnovers (18.7 percent).
Bucknell vs. Boston University Free Pick
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Boston University, O/U – Under
- Boston University ranks 166th in rebounds per game (35.3) while Bucknell ranks 235th (32.5).
- The Bison average 25.8 three pointers per game, which ranks 55th in the NCAA. The Terriers rank 96th in three pointers allowed per game (21.6).
- The Bison’s average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 3.6, up from 0.2 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Terriers have scored an average of 75.2 points per game (4.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 70.0 points per game (1.3 above their season average).