The Howard Bison (1-9) will try to put an end to an eight-game road losing streak when they challenge the American University Eagles (2-6) at Bender Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 9, 2017.
Howard Bison vs. American University Eagles Odds Preview
In the Bison’s last matchup, they fell to the Georgetown Hoyas, 81-67. Charles Williams had a good performance for Howard, leading both teams in scoring with 28 points on 11-for-18 shooting. Georgetown did an excellent job of converting from the free throw line (19-23; 82.6 percent). Howard, on the other hand, had an effective field goal percentage of 0.552 (above their season average of 0.439).
The Eagles are hoping for a better outcome after their 69-56 loss to the Western Illinois Leathernecks in their last contest. Sam Iorio was the top scorer from either team with 18 points on 6-for-13 shooting. Western Illinois did an excellent job of converting from the free throw line (11-14; 78.6 percent). American University, on the other hand, forced the Leathernecks into a turnover percentage of 26.7 (above their season average of 18.1).
The aggressive Howard offense might be getting to the foul line a lot in this meeting. Dating back to last season, the Bison rank 90th in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.273, while American University ranks 328th in FTA rate allowed (0.308).
Williams has taken his game to another level over the last five games for Howard, averaging 20.2 points and 1.4 steals per game.
The Bison won the sole contest against the Eagles last season, 71-54. The Bison dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a turnover percentage of 17.9 and a great free throw rate of 0.315. For those same stats, the Eagles were 29.8 and 0.229, respectively.
Howard Bison at American University Eagles Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Howard, ATS Winner – Howard, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Eagles rank 80th in steals per game (6.9) while the Bison rank 180th in steals allowed per game (6.5).
- American University ranks 109th in rebounds allowed per game (34.2) while Howard ranks 294th (39.1).
- The Eagles rank eighth in three pointers allowed per game (16.4) while the Bison rank 183rd (21.8).
- American University ranks 127th in assists allowed per game (12.9) while Howard ranks 259th (15.1).