Patriot Tournament - Army Black Knights take on Bison in NCAA basketball test
Army Black Knights vs Bucknell Bison Odds
The visiting Army Black Knights hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Sojka Pavilion against the Bucknell Bison.
This is a conference playoff game in the Patriot Tournament.
The Black Knights will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 2-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Bison are 2-2 ATS. Army is 0-1 on the totals; Bucknell is 1-3.
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Bison as 11-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Bison rated this week at No. 53 and the Black Knights sitting at No. 156. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 76-71 result in favor of the Bison.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Bucknell's No. 184 nationally ranked offense (67.1 points per game) against a Black Knights defense that sits as the No. 207 at 67.8 PPG. The Bison have been averaging 45.7% from the field, more than the Black Knights have managed so far this season (44.8% on average).
Defensively, Army features the nation's No. 237-rated defense on the road, allowing 72.2 points per game. Bucknell, meanwhile, comes in at No. 233 nationally in scoring at home.
Army was a 65-44 winner in its last match at home against American. They covered the 8.5-point spread as favorites. Army cruised to victory on Wednesday, running American out of the gym and running up a 65-44 score at Christl Arena.
In their last action, Bucknell was a 58-42 winner at home against Navy. They failed to cover the 20-point spread as favorites. The Bison grabbed a 58-42 win over the Midshipmen on Wednesday, behind a 15-point effort from Mike Muscala at Sojka Pavilion.