Take #2 of the SEC Football Championship is the big event on Monday night, but we are instead looking at the NCAA basketball odds for the clash between the Army Black Knights and Colgate Raiders this evening.
Army Black Knights vs. Colgate Raiders
Monday, January 10, 2022 – 06:00 PM EST at Cotterell Court
Colgate enters Monday’s matchup with Army looking to turn around a rather disappointing start to the 2021-22 campaign. Coming off the Patriot League title just a season ago, the Raiders were easy picks to repeat this time around only to fall on the wrong side of the NCAAB scores in 10 of their 14 games thus far.
It has been a very different experience for Army, as the second full week of January arrives on the schedule. The 9-6 record and No. 252 ranking in the Ken Pomeroy ratings certainly aren’t going to impress many, but the Black Knights pulled off a mild upset on the road last week at Bucknell, and the 3-0 Patriot League start has them tied for the conference lead with rival Navy.
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The matchup can be streamed on the ESPN app, and the game should end in time to catch Alabama and Georgia on the gridiron. Despite the downturn Colgate is on, it’s the Raiders drawing chalk in the 7-7½ range with 152½-153 for the total.
Now in his sixth season at the academy, Jimmy Allen has his cadet cagers on a 3-game win streak and keeping bettors happy with covers in each victory. The only real misstep this season was an 83-67 loss to Siena at home to close November. The Black Knights were favored by five and led by 10 points in the first half before a very sad performance in the second half.
Playing on the road has been an issue for Army with five losses, one of those in Colorado Springs to Air Force and another a blowout 90-65 defeat at Long Island in a game BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review) closed as a pick. The Black Knights shot poorly, especially from the free-throw line where they missed 14 of the 25 shots.
That’s why the win, at Bucknell last Tuesday, was huge as Army overcame a 9-point deficit in the first half and had a strong final 13 minutes in the 96-89 triumph. The Black Knights were 3-point underdogs and led by Jalen Rucker (21 pts) and Aaron Duhart (20). Rucker came right back with 22 three nights later at home to lead Army to an easy 77-55 coast over Lehigh.
Colgate Drags 5-Game Skid Into Contest
Matt Langel took his Colgate crew into Pennsylvania to face that same Lehigh squad a few days before Army spanked the Mountain Hawks, and the Raiders got off to a slow start before dropping an 85-81 decision. Colgate was favored by nine and shot better than 51% in the contest, but fell behind by too much early on while losing the turnover battle, 13-6.
The loss was the fifth in a row for the Raiders who failed to cover the NCAA betting odds in any of the defeats. Of the losses during the streak, only the 71-68 decision at Pittsburgh where the skid began was a close contest, and Colgate was favored by 3½ in that one.
One of the reasons Colgate was picked to repeat in the Patriot League was Langel having four of his starters back. The Raiders ranked second only to Gonzaga in scoring a year ago with an 85.2 PPG average. Colgate is scoring a full 10 points fewer per game this time around, all while the defense is allowing about 7 PPG more.
Raiders 4-1 SU and ATS Last Five Battles
Army and Colgate saw each other plenty last year, the two sides matching up four times to account for the bulk of their truncated 2020-21 schedules. The Raiders, in fact, didn’t begin their season until the Black Knights visited Hamilton, NY in early January. Colgate won three of the four and has taken 10 of the last 12 clashes to move ahead in the all-time series 68-63.
In the two back-to-back meetings at Colgate on January 3-4, a year ago, the clubs recorded a split on the floor, against the spread and in the totals column. The two matchups at West Point about six weeks later went past the marks at the top sportsbooks, leaving ‘over’ bettors 4-1 over the last five encounters.
The scoring should pick back up for the Raiders now that they are in the Patriot League portion of their schedule. I’ll take a chance with my college basketball pick that it begins tonight with a play on the home team.
NCAAB Pick: Colgate -7 (-105) at BetOnline
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