Betting on today's Bison and Warriors game? Catch the action at Lawler Arena in North Andover, MA, as the Warriors hosts this showdown at 2:00 ET on NEC. The over/under for this non-conference contest is set at 129 points, with the Warriors being the favored team playing at home against the Bison.

BUCKNELL BISON VS MERRIMACK COLLEGE WARRIORS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Bucknell Bison +5.5

This game will be played at Lawler Arena at 2:00 ET on Friday, December 22nd.

WHY BET THE BUCKNELL BISON:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Bison.
  • Not only will Bucknell pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +5.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 129 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Taking a Look at the Bison Chances in North Andover

Bucknell, who have played 11 games so far this season, have a record of 3-8. In away games, the Bison are 2-5 this season while they are 1-2 at home. Bucknell is currently sitting above .500 against the spread at 6-4. Their overall ATS record for the season includes a 4-3 mark on the road and a 2-1 mark at home.

So far, Bucknell's games have averaged 136.1 points per game with the average over/under line being 138.2 points. When looking at the Bison's last three games, their over/under record is 2-0-1, with their games averaging 144 points per game.

Bucknell is coming off a good offensive performance, putting up 76 points vs. Penn State. This figure is more than their season average of 63.2 points per game. Offensively, the Bison have a season long field goal percentage of 41%, which is 306th in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 167th in percentage and 129th in three-pointers made.

In terms of defense, Bucknell is currently on par with the NCAA average for points allowed, giving up an average of 72.6 points per game. Bucknell's three-point defense is currently 162nd in the country at 8.9 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 46.9% of their shots vs. Bucknell.

Do the Warriors Have What it Takes to Win as Home Favorites?

Merrimack College will be playing in their 13th game of the season, coming in with a 5-7 record. In their previous ten home games, including last year, Merrimack College has a 9-1 record at home. Merrimack College has a winning record against the spread at 9-1. In their last ten games, Merrimack College is 4-0 vs. the spread.

Merrimack College's games have, on average, featured 135.7 points per game leading to an over/under record of 4-6-0. Their average over/under line is currently 137.2 points so far. When analyzing the Warriors' last five games, they have produced a combined average of 139 points per game and an over/under record of 1-3.

In contrast to their season average of 69.5 points per game, the Merrimack College had a below average performance. They scored 49 points against Cincinnati and had a field goal percentage of 34%. The top scorer for the Warriors was Jordan Derkack with 18 points, while Devon Savage also added 9 to the scoreboard.

On defense, Merrimack College is currently around the NCAA average in points allowed, giving up an average of 72.0 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Merrimack College's defense has allowed opponents to shoot 33.1% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 28.9% this season.