Patriot League Championship Game Odds: Colgate 7-Point Home Favorite vs Boston University

Colgate gets the Patriot League championship game in their home gym on Wednesday. From @ColgateMBB (Twitter)
  • Boston University visits Colgate in the Patriot League Championship Game in Hamilton, N.Y.  on Wednesday March 11 at 7 ET.
  • Colgate is the tournament’s top seed while Boston U. is No. 3.
  • See the odds, best bet and a prediction below

Colgate has put itself in position to make back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament.

Colgate (25-8 overall, 15-1 home) will host Boston University (20-13, 8-8 road) at 7:30 p.m. ET Wednesday in the Patriot League Championship Game at Cotterell Court in Hamilton, N.Y.

With home court advantage on their side, the Raiders have opened as a 7-point favorite in the Boston University vs Colgate odds.

Boston University vs Colgate Odds

Team Moneyline Spread Over/Under at BetOnline
Boston University +250 +7 (-110) Over 139.5 (-110)
Colgate -300 -7 (-110) Under 139.5 (-110)

Odds taken March 11

Patriot League Tournament Bracket

Can BU pull off the upset in Central New York on Wednesday night?

The Red Raiders won the title game last year to qualify for the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1996.

Building on its trip to the NCAAs, Colgate won the Patriot League regular season title this season by going 14-4. Boston U. tied American for second place at 12-6.

Colgate and Boston U. both bring three-game winning streak into the title game. The Red Raiders have also won five of their last six games and nine of their past 11.

 

Red Raiders Rolling

Colgate rolled to an 89-64 victory over Lafayette in the semifinals as the Red Raiders never trailed and built a 22-7 lead.

Junior guard Jordan Burns scored 17 points to lead Colgate while senior forward Will Rayman had a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds while making 7 of 11 field goal attempts.

The Red Raiders held a 48-30 rebounding advantage, including 19 on the offensive boards.

Senior forward Rapolas Ivanauskas’ 20 points led Colgate to an 83-70 win over Lehigh in the first round. Junior guard Nelly Cummings added 18 points and Burns finished with 16 points and eight assists.

Colgate has five players with double-digit scoring averages, led by Burns at 15.7. He is also dishing 4.5 assists a game.

Close Calls for BU

Like Colgate, Boston U. played its first two tournament games at home, including a 64-61 victory over Bucknell in the semifinals.

The Terriers survived a missed 3-point try by Bucknell that would have tied the game with five seconds remaining. They got double-doubles from senior forward Max Mahoney (17 points, 10 rebounds) and sophomore guard/forward Walter Whyte (16 points, 10 rebounds).

Junior guard Javante McCoy scored 19 points as Boston U. rallied past Navy 69-63 in the quarterfinals. Whyte also had a double-double in that game with 18 points and 10 rebounds.

Mahoney (15.4 PPG, 8.2 RPG) and Whyte (13.0 PPG, 7.4 RPG) are averaging a combined 28.4 points and 15.6 rebounds a game for the Terriers, who last made the NCAAs in 2011 while a member of the America East.

Here are how the teams stack up in some key Ken Pomeroy categories:

Boston University
VS
Colgate

+0.32 (167th) Adjusted efficiency margin +5.18 (118th)
103.3 (166th) Adjusted offensive efficiency 107.6 (80th)
103.0 (190th) Adjusted defensive efficiency 102.4 (178th)
66.6 (265th) Adjusted tempo 68.7 (158th)

Recent History Favors Colgate

Colgate won both meetings between the teams in the regular season, 79-70 on Jan. 18 at home as a 6.5-point favorite and 79-63 on Feb. 20 on the road as a one-point underdog.

Rayman had 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Red Raiders in the game at Colgate. McCoy finished with 16 points and six assists for Boston U.

In the rematch in Boston, Burns had a career-high five steals for Colgate to go with a team-best 15 points and six assists. McCoy topped the Terriers with 18 points.

Colgate has won three games in a row against Boston U. and five of the last six in the series.

Another negative trend with the Terriers is they have been the losing side in each of their last six games against the spread overall. Meanwhile, Colgate is 4-1 in its last five ATS.

All signs point to those trends continuing.

The pick: Colgate -7 (-110)

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