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Lehigh vs Bucknell Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 5th Betting Odds
Mountain Hawks vs Bison Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Lehigh Mountain Hawks at Bucknell Bison
- Where: Lewisburg at Sojka Pavilion
- Date: Thursday, January 5th
- Betting Odds: Lehigh +7.5, LEHI +266 | BUCK -346 O/U 141.0
Mountain Hawks Preview:
Heading into today’s matchup vs Bucknell, the Lehigh Mountain Hawks will be taking the floor for the 14th time this season and have an overall record of 5-8. On the road, the Mountain Hawks will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 1-6. So far, the Mountain Hawks have been the underdog 8 times, going 1-7 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +7.5 underdogs on the spread.
Lehigh will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Keith Higgins Jr who is averaging 14.0 points per game for the Mountain Hawks. Jr 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 Mountain Hawks’ offensive gameplan is the play of Evan Taylor who has hit 45.5% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.69 points per game.
Lehigh comes into their matchup vs Bucknell 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.
The Bucknell Bison head into today’s game in what will be their 16th game of the season, posting a record of 7-8. So far this season, Bucknell has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-2. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Bison as the -7.5 point favorites. The Bison have been favored 9 times, going 6-3 straight up.
Bucknell will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Xander Rice who is averaging 15.13 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 gameplan is the play of Alex Timmerman who has hit 50.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.33 points per game.
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%.
Free Spread Prediction: Bucknell Bison -7.5
If you are eying this matchup between Lehigh Mountain Hawks and Bucknell Bison as a candidate to place a bet, we have done the work for you and our model recommends taking Bucknell to cover the spread as -7.5 favorites on the road. Although both team’s are going to look to get up shots from outside, we see Bucknell shooting well enough to keep the Mountain Hawks at bay. Before tip-off, lock in a bet on the Bison’s to win the game and cover the spread.
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