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Bucknell vs Lafayette Pick & Preview: Sunday, January 8th Betting Odds

Bison vs Leopards Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Bucknell Bison at Lafayette Leopards
  • Where: Easton at Kirby Sports Center
  • Date: Sunday, January 8th
  • Betting Odds: Bucknell +1.5, BUCK +104 | LAFAY -127 O/U 131.5

Bison Preview:

Bucknell will take the floor against the Leopards with an overall record of 7-9. So far, the Bison have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 2-6. For the season, Bucknell has been the underdog in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 0-5. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Bison being +1.5 point underdogs.

Bucknell will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Xander Rice who is averaging 15.06 points per game for the Bison. Rice is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Bison’s offensive game plan is the play of Alex Timmerman who has hit 52.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.31 points per game.

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Coming into today’s game, Bucknell will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Bison are ranked 192nd at 71.2 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 441st ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, Bucknell is close to the NCAA average at 37.6%.

Leopards Preview:

Lafayette heads into this matchup having played 16 games and have an overall record sitting at 2-14. So far this season, Lafayette has played 4 games at home, sitting with a record of 0-4. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Leopards as the -1.5 point favorites. The Leopards have been favored 3 times, going 1-2 straight up.

Lafayette will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer CJ Fulton who is averaging 11.31 points per game for the Leopards. Fulton is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Leopards’ offensive game plan is the play of Kyle Jenkins who has hit 49.3% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.06 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Lafayette this season, as they are currently ranked 306th in college basketball at 67.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Leopards’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 32.8%, placing them 330th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Lafayette Leopards -1.5

Heading into this matchup, with the Lafayette Leopards sitting as -1.5 point favorites, we like them to pick up the win and cover the spread. Both team’s will be coming into the game looking to get up shots from outside, as Lafayette and Bucknell are averaging 8.77 and 7.91 made 3’s per game, respectively. One trend that we feel strongly about is the fact that Lafayette has historically performed well against the spread at home, going 7-3 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Leopards to cover at -1.5.

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