Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Bison and Mountain Hawks. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Mountain Hawks at Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, PA. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under goal line for this matchup is currently at 140 points, and the Mountain Hawks are favored to win at home against the Bison.
BUCKNELL BISON VS LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Bucknell Bison +7.5
This game will be played at Stabler Arena at 7:00 ET on Wednesday, January 10th.
WHY BET THE BUCKNELL BISON:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Mountain Hawks.
- Even though we have Lehigh winning straight-up, we like Bucknell at +7.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 140 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.
Will the Bison Defense Show Up in Bethlehem?
So far this season, Bucknell has been an underdog in 13 of their 15 games, and they have gone 2-11 in those contests. On the road, the Bison are 2-6, and their average scoring margin is -11.1 points per game.
In their last game, Bucknell lost to American by a score of 71-63. Over their last 10 games on the road, the Bison have gone 2-8, and their record this season is 4-11.
So far this season, Bucknell has an ATS record of 7-8. On the road, their ATS mark is 4-4. As the underdog, the Bison are 5-8 vs. the spread. In their last 10 games as the underdog, Bucknell has gone 4-6 vs. the spread.
So far this season, the over/under record for Bucknell is 6-8-1. The average scoring total in their games is 133.4, which is lower than the average over/under line of 135.2. Today’s over/under line of 140 is higher than the average scoring total in their last three games of 128 and the average scoring total in their last five games of 127. On the year, 11 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s OU line.
The Bison’s offense finished with 63 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 62.5 points per contest. For the season, the Bucknell offense has struggled to get to the free-throw line, ranking just 339th in terms of free-throw attempts per game. Their overall field goal percentage is currently 42%.
So far, the Bison’s defense is ranked 139th in the country at 70.9 points per contest. The Bucknell defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 71 points and allowed American to connect on 10 threes.
Is A Home Victory Likely for Favored Lehigh?
Lehigh has struggled this season, going just 4-9 overall and 1-1 in the Patriot League. They have been even worse on the road, going 2-7 compared to 0-2 at home.
As the favorite, the Mountain Hawks are 1-2 this season, and they are 1-7 as the underdog. For the year, their average scoring margin is -7.2 points per game.
Lehigh’s ATS record this season is 7-4, but they are just 1-2 vs. the spread when favored this year. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Mountain Hawks have gone 5-5.
Lehigh’s over/under record this season is 5-6 and today’s line of 140 is lower than their average over/under line of 147.2. So far, 10 of their games have had higher over/under lines than 140. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 142 points compared to their season average of 150.2 points per game. Currently, their over/under record for their last three games is 1-2.
Coming off their recent game, the Lehigh offense tallied 88 points in a matchup against Loyola Maryland. Their field goal percentage for the game was 59.6%, and they made 6 threes. The team’s scoring leader is Keith Higgins Jr, who holds an average of 15.1 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Tyler Whitney-Sidney is averaging 14.7 points per game this season.
Lehigh’s defense is currently in line with the NCAA average for points allowed, allowing an average of 73.8 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Lehigh’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 44.3% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 32.4% this season.