Boston University at Colgate Betting Preview, Selection, Odds

Game: Boston University at Colgate (-7)

Sharp: Dave Miller

Selection: Colgate (-7)

Colgate (24-8) will attempt to earn an automatic bid once again to the NCAA Tournament when it hosts Boston University (20-13) at Cotterell Court in Hamilton, NY on Wednesday night.

The top-seeded Raiders advanced to the Patriot League Tournament championship game when they beat fifth-seeded Lafayette 89-64 in a semifinal on Sunday. Jordan Burns scored 17 points and conference defensive player of the year Will Rayman finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Jack Ferguson added 13 points off the bench, while stretch big man Rapolas Ivanauskas (12), Nelly Cummings (11) and Keegan Records (10) also recorded double-figures in scoring as the Leopards never got within 17 points in the second half. Colgate shot 48.6 percent from the field and owned a 48-30 rebounding advantage—19 coming on the offensive end.

Meanwhile, Patriot League all-conference first-team senior forward Max Mahoney scored 17 points and had 10 rebounds, while Walter Whyte added 16 and 10 to help Joe Jones' third-seeded Terriers beat seventh-seeded Bucknell 64-61 in the other semifinal on Sunday after the Bison had knocked off second-seeded American in the quarterfinals. Javante McCoy had 12 points and eight assists for the Terriers.

Colgate scored exactly 79 points in each win over BU during the regular season, but you know what they say about the difficulty of beating a team three times during a season…

Still, the Raiders have done a very good job of protecting the basketball, owning the 24th-best turnover rate in the country. The Terriers are +7, but they don't present a defense that will make things very difficult for the Raiders, who are undefeated when they hold an opponent to 69 points or fewer.

Mahoney, Whyte and McCoy should play well enough to make this game competitive as the Terriers seek the program's first Patriot League title (BU last won a conference crown in 2011 as a member of the America East), but Matt Langel's Raiders may be a little too overwhelming with their perimeter game and conference-best 41.9 defensive field-goal percentage. Oh, the Raiders are also 28-2 at Cotterell Court since the start of the 2018-19 season.

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