Check out our free Bucknell vs Loyola Maryland pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Baltimore. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Bucknell vs Loyola Maryland Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 28th Betting Odds
Bison vs Greyhounds Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Bucknell Bison at Loyola Maryland Greyhounds
- Where: Baltimore at Reitz Arena
- Date: Saturday, January 28th
- Betting Odds: Bucknell +1, BUCK -110 | LOYMD -110 O/U 132.5
Coming into today’s matchup, the Bucknell Bison are in the middle of a 2 game losing streak and have an overall record of 8-14. So far, the Bison have played 11 games on the road, with a record of 3-8. For the season, Bucknell has been the underdog in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 1-8. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Bison being +1 point underdogs.
Bucknell will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Xander Rice who is averaging 14.18 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 51.6% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.95 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%.
Loyola Maryland heads into this matchup having played 22 games and have an overall record sitting at 7-15. Currently, the Greyhounds have been the home team 10 times, sitting with a record of 4-6. The Greyhounds’ are sitting with a betting line that is -1 points in their favor. For the season, Loyola Maryland has been favored to win in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 2-3.
Loyola Maryland will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Kenny Jones who is averaging 11.73 points per game for the Greyhounds. Jones 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 Greyhounds’ offensive game plan is the play of Jaylin Andrews who has hit 40.2% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 9.68 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Loyola Maryland this season, as they are currently ranked 353rd in college basketball at 66.1 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 Greyhounds’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.9%, placing them 369th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Bucknell Bison +1
In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a road underdog. Coming into the game, the Loyola Maryland Greyhounds are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -1. However, we anticipate Bucknell putting up a strong fight and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Greyhounds as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Bison to cover.