Check out our free Army vs Bucknell pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Lewisburg. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Army vs Bucknell Pick & Preview: Saturday, February 4th Betting Odds
Black Knights vs Bison Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Army Black Knights at Bucknell Bison
- Where: Lewisburg at Sojka Pavilion
- Date: Saturday, February 4th
- Betting Odds: Army -1.5, ARMY -127 | BUCK +104 O/U 141.5
Black Knights Preview:
Army will take the floor against the Bison with an overall record of 13-11. So far, the Black Knights have played 12 games on the road, with a record of 6-6. This season, Army has been favored to win in 13 games, sitting with a mark of 7-6. For today’s contest, Army has a betting line set -1.5 points in their favor.
Army’s leading scorer this season is Jalen Rucker, who is averaging 16.21 points per contest. So far, Rucker has accounted for 21.77% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.46 rebounds per game and 3.42 assists. Ethan Roberts is the second leading scorer for the Black Knights, averaging 11.96 points per game. Between him and Roberts, they are accounting for 37.8% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Army this season, as they are currently ranked 228th in college basketball at 70.4 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Black Knights’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.3%, placing them 352nd in the NCAA.
Bucknell heads into this matchup having played 24 games and have an overall record sitting at 9-15. Currently, the Bison have been the home team 11 times, sitting with a record of 5-6. So far, the Bison have been the underdog 11 times, going 2-9 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1.5 underdogs on the spread.
Bucknell will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Xander Rice who is averaging 14.83 points per game for the Bison. Rice is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Bison’s offensive game plan is the play of Alex Timmerman who has hit 52.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.75 points per game.
Coming into today’s game, Bucknell will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Bison are ranked 192nd at 71.2 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 441st ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Bucknell is close to the NCAA average at 37.6%.
Free Spread Prediction: Bucknell Bison +1.5
In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a home underdog. Coming into the game, the Army Black Knights are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -1.5. However, we anticipate Bucknell putting up a strong fight and benefiting from playing at home and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Black Knights as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Bison to cover.