Check out our free Lafayette vs Lehigh pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Bethlehem. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Lafayette vs Lehigh Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 21st Betting Odds
Leopards vs Mountain Hawks Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Lafayette Leopards at Lehigh Mountain Hawks
- Where: Bethlehem at Stabler Arena
- Date: Saturday, January 21st
- Betting Odds: Lafayette +1.5, LAFAY +104 | LEHI -127 O/U 133.5
The Lafayette will take the floor in today’s game in the middle of a 4 game win streak and have an overall record of 6-14. On the road, the Leopards will be playing their 14th game of the season, having gone 4-10. So far, the Leopards have been the underdog 15 times, going 3-12 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1.5 underdogs on the spread.
Lafayette’s leading scorer this season is Leo O’Boyle, who is averaging 12.47 points per contest. So far, O’Boyle has accounted for 18.96% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.32 rebounds per game and 2.0 assists. Kyle Jenkins is the second leading scorer for the Leopards, averaging 11.0 points per game. Between him and Jenkins, they are accounting for 36.6% of the team’s scoring.
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.
Mountain Hawks Preview:
Heading into today’s matchup vs Lafayette, the Lehigh Mountain Hawks will be taking the floor for the 19th time this season and have an overall record of 10-8. Currently, the Mountain Hawks have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 6-2. The Mountain Hawks’ are sitting with a betting line that is -1.5 points in their favor. For the season, Lehigh has been favored to win in 4 games, sitting with a mark of 3-1.
Evan Taylor comes into today’s game as the Mountain Hawks’ leading scorer at 15.06 points per contest. Not only has Taylor been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Lehigh’s top rebounder at 6.06 boards per contest. Behind Taylor, the team has benefited from the strong play of Keith Higgins Jr, who is second on the team in scoring at 14.56 points per game. Overall, he has hit 47.8% of his shots and is adding 2.72 boards per game.
Lehigh comes into their matchup vs Lafayette looking to improve their offensive numbers, as they are just 291st in college basketball at 68.4 points per game. One bright spot for them has been their ability to knock down 3-point shots, as they have connected at a rate of 38.2%. So far, 38.22% of the Mountain Hawks’ shots have been from beyond the arc. When looking at the team’s pace of play, they are currently a below average unit at 67.1 possessions per game.
Free Spread Prediction: Lafayette Leopards +1.5
A key to this matchup, will be 3-point shooting. Coming into the game, both Lehigh and Lafayette are excellent 3-point shooting teams, averaing 8.12 and 8.77 made 3’s per game, respectively. In terms of the odds, we like the Lafayette Leopards to cover as +1.5 point dogs. Look for their defense to do a good enough job closing out on the Mountain Hawks’ outside shooters to make things difficult for Lehigh. At +1.5 we like the chances of Lafayette covering the spread as underdogs.
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