Check out our free Lehigh vs Lafayette pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Easton. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Lehigh vs Lafayette Pick & Preview: Saturday, February 4th Betting Odds
Mountain Hawks vs Leopards Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Lehigh Mountain Hawks at Lafayette Leopards
- Where: Easton at Kirby Sports Center
- Date: Saturday, February 4th
- Betting Odds: Lehigh +3, LEHI +132 | LAFAY -162 O/U 127.5
Mountain Hawks Preview:
Through 22 games, the Lehigh Mountain Hawks have an overall record of 13-9. On the road, the Mountain Hawks will be playing their 11th game of the season, having gone 5-6. So far, the Mountain Hawks have been the underdog 13 times, going 6-7 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +3 underdogs on the spread.
Lehigh will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Keith Higgins Jr who is averaging 14.73 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 game plan is the play of Evan Taylor who has hit 43.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.5 points 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.
Lafayette will be looking to pick up a win in today’s game vs Lehigh in order to snap their current 2 game losing streak. So far this season, Lafayette has played 8 games at home, sitting with a record of 3-5. The Leopards’ are sitting with a betting line that is -3 points in their favor. For the season, Lafayette has been favored to win in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 4-3.
Lafayette will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Leo O’Boyle who is averaging 12.04 points per game for the Leopards. O’Boyle 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 CJ Fulton who has hit 43.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.29 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 -3
Heading into this matchup, with the Lafayette Leopards sitting as -3 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 Lehigh are averaging 8.77 and 8.12 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 6-4 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Leopards to cover at -3.