Pat foes will battle when the Bucknell Bison (9-14, 5-5 Pat) clash with the Lafayette Leopards (14-7, 6-4 Pat) at Sojka Pavilion. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, February 3, 2020, and it can be seen on CBS Sports Network.
Lafayette Leopards vs. Bucknell Bison ATS Preview
The Leopards were victorious over the American University Eagles in their last game, 82-70. Justin Jaworski was the game’s leading scorer with 32 points on 11-for-17 shooting. Lafayette dominated every facet of the game. They had an absurd free throw rate of 0.400 (above their season average of 0.173) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 22.6 (below their season average of 23.1). American University recorded marks of 0.113 and 20.6, respectively, for those same stats.
The last time the Bison took the court, they were beaten by the Boston University Terriers, 77-57. With 11 points and five rebounds, Bucknell’s Andrew Funk put together a solid game. Boston University forced the Bison into a TO percentage of 22.7 (above their season average of 17.5). Bucknell, meanwhile, had a better free throw rate (0.093 vs. 0.085).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Bison won 78-66. The Bison dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a great turnover percentage of 8.8 and a solid offensive rebounding percentage of 27.5. For those same stats, the Leopards were 19.1 and 22.9, respectively. Paul Newman put up a double-double in the victory with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
It could be a difficult game for Bucknell on the offensive glass. The Bison rank 275th in offensive rebounding percentage (25.2 percent), while Lafayette ranks 92nd in defensive rebounding percentage (74.1 percent). Moreover, the sharp-shooting offense of the Leopards ranks 10th in effective field goal percentage (0.558), while the Bison are 34th-worst in the NCAA at effective field goal percentage allowed (0.529).
Lafayette at Bucknell ATS Prediction
Free Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Bucknell, ATS Winner – Bucknell, O/U – Over
The Leopards rank 189th in rebounds per game (34.6) while the Bison rank 267th (32.3).
Lafayette ranks fifth in blocks allowed per game (1.9) while Bucknell ranks 69th (2.9).
Lafayette ranks 17th in assists per game (16.4) while Bucknell ranks 209th (11.8).
The Bison rank 84th in steals per game (7.2) while the Leopards rank 237th (4.7).
Bucknell ranks 31st in three pointers allowed per game (18.3) while Lafayette ranks 158th (21.9).
The Bison’s average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 2.6, down from 5.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Leopards have scored an average of 75.2 points per game (1.7 above their season average) and allowed an average of 73.2 points per game (3.8 above their season average).