The Eagles and Leopards are set to face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Leopards will host the game at Kirby Sports Center in Easton, PA. The over/under for this Patriot League conference contest is set at 129 points, with Lafayette being favored by -1 at home against American.

AMERICAN EAGLES VS LAFAYETTE LEOPARDS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Lafayette Leopards -1

This game will be played at Kirby Sports Center at 7:00 ET on Wednesday, January 31st.

WHY BET THE LAFAYETTE LEOPARDS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Leopards.
  • Not only will Lafayette pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 129 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Are the Eagles Ready for a Win at Easton?

Through 21 games, American has a record of 11-10. In Patriot League play, the Eagles are 5-3. On the road, their record is 4-8, and they are coming off a 73-54 loss to Colgate. For the season, American’s average scoring margin on the road is -5.7. As the underdog, the Eagles are 0-8.

For the year, American has been the favorite in 12 games, going 10-2. Their average scoring margin at home is +7.9, and they are 6-2 at home. Over the last 10 road games, the Eagles are 4-6, and they are 3-2 over their last five.

As the underdog, American has struggled vs. the spread this season, going just 2-6. Their overall ATS record is 11-9. On the road, the Eagles are 6-6 vs. the spread this year and they have gone 1-2 in their last 3 road games vs. the spread.

So far this season, the over/under record for American games is 11-9. Today’s over/under line of 129 is lower than the average OU line in their games this year (138.8). Over their last three games, their average scoring total is 137 points and their OU record during that span is 1-2.

In their latest game, American offense put up 54 points against Colgate. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 38.5% and made 5 threes. For the season, the American offense has been one of the more efficient shooting teams in the NCAA with a field goal percentage of 46%. So far, they have hit 54% of their looks from inside the arc, and are averaging 9.3 made three’s per contest.

Coming into today’s game, the American defense is giving up an average of 71.4 points per contest. The American defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 73 points and allowed Colgate to connect on 5 threes.

Can Lafayette Grab a Win at Home?

After losing to Boston by a score of 62-48, Lafayette’s record now stands at 8-13. The Leopards are 7-1 in Patriot League games compared to 1-12 in non-conference games. At home, Lafayette has gone 3-6 this season.

So far, the Leopards have been the favorite in six of their games, going 5-1 in those matchups. On the other hand, they have gone 2-12 when they are the underdog. Over their last ten games at home, Lafayette has gone 4-6.

As the favorite, Lafayette has gone 4-2 vs. the spread this season and is 6-4 in their last 10 games as the favorite. Overall, the Leopards are just 3-6 ATS at home this year and have gone 1-2 vs. the spread in their last three home games.

Lafayette’s over/under record for the season is 8-12 and the average point total in their games is 128.3. Today’s over/under line of 129 is right in line with that average. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 123 points.

Against Boston, the Lafayette had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 61.4 points per game. They scored 48 points and posted a field goal percentage of 31.5% in the game. The team’s scoring leader is Justin Vander Baan, who holds an average of 9.6 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Eric Sondberg is averaging 9.1 points per game this season.

Currently, the Leopards’ defense holds the 60th rank in the nation, allowing 66.6 points per game. Against Boston, the Leopards’ defense gave up 62 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, Boston only made 9 free-throws.