The Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers (3-7) will try to snap a six-game road losing streak when they take on the American University Eagles (3-6) at Bender Arena. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, December 18, 2017.
Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers vs. American University Eagles Free Preview
The Mountaineers dismantled the Washington College Shoremen in their last game, 89-67. Junior Robinson was the top scorer from either team with 30 points on 12-for-16 shooting. Mount St. Mary’s played a nearly flawless game. They had a superb turnover percentage of 9.5 (better than their season average of 16.6) and a free throw rate of 0.203 (above their season average of 0.188). Washington College was 20.6 and 0.102, respectively, for those same stats.
In the Eagles last game, they defeated the Howard Bison, 74-63. American University was lifted by Laurynas Motuzis, who was the games high scorer with 29 points on 8-for-16 shooting. American University dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.389 (above their season average of 0.219) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 28.6 (above their season average of 24.4). Howard had marks of 0.161 and 19.5, respectively, for those same stats.
Half-court execution will be of utmost importance when a pair of the nations slowest-paced teams battle. American University ranks 294th in possessions per game (65.4) and Mount St. Mary’s is 255th (68.8) since the 2016-17 season.
Robinson has been playing at a high level over the last five games for Mount St. Mary’s, averaging 23.4 points, 7.0 assists and 1.6 steals per game.
Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers vs. American University Eagles Odds Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – American University, ATS Winner – American University, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Mountaineers rank 260th in rebounds per game (29.6) while the Eagles rank 261st (29.1).
- Mount St. Mary’s ranks 126th in steals per game (6.1) while American University ranks 179th in steals allowed per game (6.9).
- The Mountaineers rank 39th in blocks allowed per game (2.7) while the Eagles rank 90th (2.9).
- Mount St. Mary’s allows the seventh-fewest three pointers per game (16.1) while American University ranks 43rd (16.4).