Check out our free Colgate vs Army pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in West Point. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Colgate vs Army Pick & Preview: Monday, January 9th Betting Odds
Raiders vs Black Knights Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Colgate Raiders at Army Black Knights
- Where: West Point at Christl Arena
- Date: Monday, January 9th
- Betting Odds: Colgate -7.5, COLG -335 | ARMY +260 O/U 153.0
Colgate heads into this matchup having played 16 games and have an overall record sitting at 9-7. So far, the Raiders have played 11 games on the road, with a record of 6-5. This season, Colgate has been favored to win in 13 games, sitting with a mark of 7-6. For today’s contest, Colgate has a betting line set -7.5 points in their favor.
Colgate will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Tucker Richardson who is averaging 15.31 points per game for the Raiders. Richardson 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 Raiders’ offensive game plan is the play of Braeden Smith who has hit 55.2% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.5 points per game.
Through 16 games, Colgate has been playing well on offense, averaging 76.1 points per game. Even though the team has been methodical with their pace, the Raiders’ shooters have been hot from outside, hitting 40.3% of their shots per game. This strong shooting percentage has equated to an average of 9.91 made 3’s per contest.
Black Knights Preview:
The Army Black Knights will be looking to pick up their 17th win of the season and are in the middle of a 4 game win streak. Currently, the Black Knights have been the home team 7 times, sitting with a record of 5-2. So far, the Black Knights have been the underdog 5 times, going 2-3 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +7.5 underdogs on the spread.
Army’s leading scorer this season is Jalen Rucker, who is averaging 15.69 points per contest. So far, Rucker has accounted for 20.54% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.25 rebounds per game and 3.19 assists. Chris Mann is the second leading scorer for the Black Knights, averaging 13.0 points per game. Between him and Mann, they are accounting for 36.5% 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.
Free Spread Prediction: Army Black Knights +7.5
After boiling down all the statistics and trends, it is clear why the oddsmakers have placed the Colgate Raiders as the favorites to win. Not only do the Army Black Knights have a mediocre record vs the spread at home of late 5-5, but Colgate also has the statistical edge in 3-pointers made per game and overall field goal percentage. Yet, our model shows that the current odds of -7.5 in favor of the Raiders is too high and there is good value on grabbing Army vs the spread. While most bettors will likely be piling on the Colgate Raiders as the favorite, we full good about taking the oppsite side and grabbing Army taking the points.