Merrimack @ Bucknell
Current Records: Merrimack 2-11; Bucknell 6-4
What to Know
After two games on the road, the Bucknell Bison are heading back home. They will take on the Merrimack Warriors at 2 p.m. ET Sunday at Sojka Pavilion. Given that these two teams suffered a loss in their last game, they both have a little extra motivation heading into this game.
The Bison came up short against the La Salle Explorers two weeks ago, falling 82-72. Despite the loss, Bucknell had strong showings from forward Ian Motta, who had 18 points, and center Andre Screen, who dropped a double-double on 20 points and 11 rebounds.
Meanwhile, Merrimack was close but no cigar last week as they fell 50-47 to the Maine Black Bears. The matchup was as close as the oddsmakers predicted, but Merrimack had been the slight favorite coming in.
This next contest looks promising for Bucknell, who are favored by a full 10.5 points. Those burned by picking them against the spread two weeks ago might want to keep in mind that the squad has not yet dropped back-to-back games against the spread this season.
Bucknell is now 6-4 while the Warriors sit at 2-11. A pair of offensive stats to keep in the back of your head while watching: The Bison rank 11th in college basketball when it comes to field goal percentage, with 50.50% on the season. Less enviably, Merrimack is stumbling into the game with the 361st fewest points per game in college basketball, having accrued only 56 on average. So the cards are definitely stacked against Merrimack.
How To Watch
- When: Sunday at 2 p.m. ET
- Where: Sojka Pavilion -- Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
- Follow: CBS Sports App
The Bison are a big 10.5-point favorite against the Warriors, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The oddsmakers were right in line with the betting community on this one, as the game opened as a 10.5-point spread, and stayed right there.
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This is the first time these teams have played each other within the last seven years.