The American Eagles will look to continue their dominance over the Army Black Knights when they meet in Patriot League action on Wednesday at West Point, N.Y. The Eagles (5-10, 1-2), who have won four of the past five meetings with Army, lead the all-time series 31-15. The Black Knights (10-8, 4-2) won the last matchup, an 89-66 triumph in the Patriot League Tournament quarterfinals last March. Army shot nearly 64 percent from the floor in that game to cruise to the win.
The game from Christl Arena is scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m. ET. American is averaging 64.3 points per game, while Army averages 71.3. The Black Knights are nine-point favorites in the latest American vs. Army odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is set at 138.5. Before making any Army vs. American picks, you need to check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
The model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. Over the past five-plus years, the proprietary computer model has generated an impressive profit of more than $2,400 for $100 players on its top-rated college basketball picks against the spread. Anyone who has followed it has seen huge returns.
Now, the model has set its sights on Army vs. American, and just revealed its picks and CBB predictions. You can visit SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are the college basketball odds and trends for American vs. Army:
- American vs. Army spread: Army -9
- American vs. Army over-under: 138.5 points
- AMU: The Eagles are 5-2 against the spread in their last seven Wednesday games
- ARMY: The Black Knights are 6-1 ATS in their last seven home games
Why Army can cover
Sophomore forward Charlie Peterson has played well on his home court, averaging 9.4 points and 7.1 rebounds in nine games at Christl Arena this season. He has reached double-digit scoring in six games, including a season-high 17 against SUNY New Paltz on Nov. 9. For the year, he is averaging 8.3 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists. He is solid from the field, connecting on 50.9 percent of his shots, including 33 percent from 3-point range.
Also helping power the Black Knights is senior forward Aaron Duhart. Duhart scored 20 points in a 96-89 win at Bucknell on Jan. 4 and has reached double-figure scoring in five games. He has also reached double digits in three of the last five games. He has been solid all season and is averaging 6.3 points, fourth-best on the team, as well as 3.4 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.1 steals. He has started all 18 games for Army this season.
Why American can cover
The Eagles have four players averaging 9.5 points per game or better, including two in double figures. Leading the team is senior guard Stacy Beckton Jr., who is averaging 12.8 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists and steals. He is connecting on 41.7 percent of his field goals and 78.4 percent of his free throws. He has reached double-figure scoring in nine games, including a season-high 24 points in a 74-62 win over William & Mary on Nov. 12.
Sophomore guard Colin Smalls is coming off an 18-point performance against Bucknell on Sunday and has reached double digits in seven games. His best effort was a 22-point game at Duquesne on Nov. 28. He also scored 20 points in an 83-73 win over Saint Francis (Pa.) on Dec. 8. For the season, Smalls averages 10.2 points, 2.7 assists, 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals.
How to make American vs. Army picks
SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 141 points. It also says one side of the spread is hitting well over 50 percent of the time. You can only get the model's pick at SportsLine.
So who wins Army vs. American? And which side of the spread cashes in well over 50 percent of simulations? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread to jump on, all from the advanced model that is up more than $2,200 on its top-rated college basketball spread picks over the last five-plus years, and find out.