The Colgate Raiders (14-5, 5-1 Pat) will attempt to prolong their nine-game home winning streak in a matchup against the Bucknell Bison (8-11, 4-2 Pat) at Cotterell Court. The game starts at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, January 20, 2020, and will air on CBS Sports Network.
Bucknell Bison at Colgate Raiders Betting Prediction
The Bison come in on a high note after defeating the Lehigh Mountain Hawks in their last game, 72-56. Bucknell had an effective field goal percentage of 0.602 (above their season average of 0.482). Lehigh, meanwhile, had a turnover percentage of 14.6 (better than their season average of 18.7). Bucknell was lifted by John Meeks, who had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
In the Raiders’ previous matchup, they defeated the Boston University Terriers, 79-70. The Raiders had a free throw rate of 0.183 (above their season average of 0.152) and held the Terriers to an effective field goal percentage of 0.464 (below their season average of 0.517). Will Rayman was the top scorer from either team with 21 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the field.
The sharp-shooting offense of Colgate (49th in the country with an effective field goal percentage 0.535) will face off against the bottom-tier defense of Bucknell (301st in effective field goal percentage allowed 0.520). The Raiders figure to have the edge on that end of the court.
After the Raiders won two out of three meetings against the Bison last season, this will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. In the most recent game, Colgate won 94-80. The Raiders had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (32.0 vs. 20.6) and had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.692 vs. 0.555).
Bucknell Bison at Colgate Raiders Betting Pick
Basketball Tip: ATS Winner – Colgate, O/U – Over
Colgate ranks 55th in assists per game (14.8) while Bucknell ranks 120th in assists allowed per game (12.5).
The Bison have outscored opponents by an average of 7.6 points in their last five games. For the season, Bucknell has lost by an average of 4.7 points.
During their last five games, the Raiders have scored an average of 75.6 points per game (1.0 above their season average) and allowed an average of 67.8 points per game (1.6 below their season average).