Army vs. American prediction, odds: 2022 college basketball picks, Jan. 19 best bets from proven model

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The American University Eagles will look for their second consecutive win when they take on the Army Black Knights in a Patriot League matchup on Wednesday night. The Eagles (5-10, 1-2), who snapped a three-game losing streak with a 63-55 win over Bucknell on Sunday, have dropped 10 of 13 after a 2-0 start to the year. Army (10-8, 4-2), meanwhile, has won four of six, but dropped a 68-54 decision at Louisiana on Sunday. Army won the last meeting with American 89-66 in the Patriot League Tournament quarterfinals in 2020-21.

Tipoff from Christl Arena in West Point, N.Y., is set for 6 p.m. ET. American leads the all-time series 31-15, including a 13-9 edge in games played at West Point. 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.

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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

The Black Knights lead the Patriot League with 39.3 rebounds per game and rank second in the conference with 71.3 points per game. Sophomore guard Jalen Rucker leads the team in scoring at 15.3 points per game and is also averaging 4.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 0.9 steals per game. He is a 78.9 percent free throw shooter. Rucker is coming off a 15-point performance at Louisiana and has reached double-figure scoring in 14 of 18 games, including a season-high 29 points against Hartford on Nov. 13.

Also powering Army is senior guard Josh Caldwell. Caldwell has scored in double digits in 12 games, including two of the last three and seven of nine. His best game was also against Hartford, when he poured in 24 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out six assists. For the season, he is averaging 12.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.9 steals per game.

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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.

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