Bucknell Bison vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights Prediction, 12/23/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Bucknell Bison vs Rutgers Scarlet Knights
Date: Friday, December 23, 2022
Location: Jersey Mike’s Arena in Piscataway, NJ
TV: Youtube TV
The Bucknell Bison (7-4) are headed to Jersey Mike’s Arena on Friday where they will attempt to beat the Rutgers Scarlet Knights (7-4).
The Bucknell Bison took the court against Richmond and ended up losing by a score of 81-71 in their last contest. Bucknell ended the contest having earned a 49.0% field goal percentage (25 out of 51) and buried 11 of 23 shots from 3-point land. From the free throw line, the Bison knocked down 10 of 18 tries for a percentage of 55.6%. With respect to rebounding, they collected 32 with 8 of them being offensive. They also doled out 13 dimes for this game while forcing the other team into 6 turnovers and earning 3 steals. In terms of the defense, Bucknell let their opponent shoot 50.0% from the field on 30 out of 60 shooting. Richmond distributed 17 assists and had 6 steals in the game. In addition, Richmond snagged 24 rebounds (5 offensive, 19 defensive), but wasn't able to record a block. Richmond walked away from this one shooting 77.8% from the free throw line by knocking down 7 of 9 shots. They also buried 14 of their 26 shots from beyond the arc. When talking about fouls, the Bison ended up finishing with 13 and Richmond accumulated 14 fouls.
Xander Rice is one player who was a contributor for this contest. He ended up finishing with 19 points on 6 of 11 shooting. He was on the court for 32 mins and also snagged 1 board. He finished the game shooting 54.5% from the field and also recorded 4 dimes.
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Bucknell will take the court with a win-loss record of 7-4 for the season. They average 73.9 points per outing (154th in D-1) on 50.2% from the field. The Bison are shooting 40.3% on shots from 3-point land (89 of 221) and 71.3% from the charity stripe. As a team, Bucknell is collecting 36.5 rebounds per game and has earned 172 assists this season, which ranks 137th in college hoops in terms of passing the rock. They lose possession via turnover 13.4 times per game and as a basketball team they are committing 15.7 fouls on a nightly basis.
On defense, the Bison are forcing their opponents into 11.6 turnovers every game while drawing 14.5 fouls. They currently rank 161st in college hoops in giving up assists with 142 conceded so far this year. The Bison defensively are giving up a field goal percentage of 37.9% (248 of 655) and they surrender 31.5 rebounds per game as a squad. They relinquish 31.7% on shots from downtown and they are ranked 72nd in college hoops in opponents points per game (64.0).
The last time they took the court, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights walked away with a victory by a final of 81-57 when they faced Wake Forest. The Scarlet Knights were able to snag 23 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive rebounds totaling 30 in the matchup. They also turned it over 15 times, while earning 14 steals in this contest. Wake Forest earned 17 personal fouls for the matchup which took the Scarlet Knights to the charity stripe for 19 tries. They were able to make 13 of the free throws for a rate of 68.4%. In relation to three-point shots, Rutgers buried 6 of 19 tries (31.6%). When the final whistle was blown, the Scarlet Knights finished shooting 31 out of 53 from the field which had them at 58.5%. The Scarlet Knights allowed Wake Forest to knock down 20 of their 50 tries from the floor which had them at 40.0% for the game. They went 42.3% from three-point range by going 11 of 26 and ended up going 6 out of 9 from the charity stripe (66.7%). When talking about how they attacked the glass, Rutgers allowed Wake Forest to snag 23 overall (6 offensive).
Cam Spencer ended up being important for the Scarlet Knights for the contest. He recorded 15 points in his 19 mins on the hardwood and had 3 assists in the game. He buried 5 out of 5 for the matchup for a rate of 100.0%, but wasn't able to grab a board.
Rutgers has a mark of 7-4 this season. The Scarlet Knights are responsible for committing 15.9 personal fouls per contest and they connect on 71.0% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 14.4 times per game (133rd in college basketball) and they are turning it over 13.4 times per game. Rutgers has accounted for 775 pts on the season (70.5 per game) and they average 38.5 rebounds per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Scarlet Knights are connecting on 43.7% from the floor, which has them ranked 226th in the nation.
The Scarlet Knights defensively are ranked 6th in D-1 in points given up per game with 54.7. They are forcing their opponents into 17.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and have allowed teams to shoot 36.7% from the floor (12th in the country). The Rutgers defense concedes 24.9% on shots from beyond the arc (60 of 241) and their opponents are connecting on 65.4% of their foul shots. They have relinquished 10.2 assists and 34.0 total rebounds per game, which ranks them 37th and 177th in those categories.
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Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Bucknell
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