The Mountain Hawks and Raiders are set to face off at 7:00 ET on CBSS. The Raiders will host the game at Cotterell Court in Hamilton, NY. The over/under for this Patriot League conference contest is set at 144 points, with the Raiders being the favored team playing at home against the Mountain Hawks.
LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS VS COLGATE RAIDERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Lehigh Mountain Hawks +12.5
This game will be played at Cotterell Court at 7:00 ET on Monday, January 22nd.
WHY BET THE LEHIGH MOUNTAIN HAWKS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Raiders.
- Even though we have Colgate winning straight-up, we like Lehigh at +12.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 144 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.
Are the Mountain Hawks Ready for a Road Win?
Lehigh heads into this game as a 12.5-point underdog, and they have gone 2-8 on the road this season. They are coming off a 70-68 win over American, and their record this year is 5-12.
So far, the Mountain Hawks have gone 2-4 in Patriot League games, compared to 3-8 in non-conference action. Over their last 10 games on the road, they have gone 2-8.
As the underdog, Lehigh has been solid vs. the spread this season, going 8-2. Their road ATS record is 7-3 and they have gone 4-1 vs. the spread in their last 5 road games. Overall, the Mountain Hawks have an ATS record of 9-6 this season.
Lehigh’s over/under record is 6-9 this season, and today’s line of 144 is right around the average over/under line in their games (146.2). So far, they’ve had seven games with more points than today’s line, and over their last three games, the average scoring total is 137 points.
The Mountain Hawks’ offense finished with 70 points in their previous game, mirroring their current average of 73.7 points per contest. Currently leading the team in scoring is Tyler Whitney-Sidney who comes into today’s matchup averaging 14.5. Keith Higgins Jr also heads into the game with a PPG average of 15.1.
At present, the Mountain Hawks’ defense is nationally ranked 206th, allowing 73.8 points per game. Lehigh’s defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the American offense to knock down 51% of their shots on their way to putting up 68 points.
Will Colgate Make it Happen at Home?
Colgate will be looking to extend their win streak to four games when they take on Lehigh. So far this season, they have an 11-8 record, including a 5-1 mark in Patriot League games. At home, the Raiders have gone 6-2 compared to 4-6 on the road.
Over their last 10 games at home, Colgate has gone 8-2. Their average scoring margin at home is +9.2 points per game, which is much better than their -6.6 average scoring margin on the road. So far, they have been the favorite in 11 games, going 9-2.
Colgate has been solid against the spread this season, going 8-8-2. They have been even better at home, where they are 5-3 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Raiders are 6-3-1 vs. the spread.
Today’s over/under line of 144 for the Colgate/Lehigh game is higher than the average over/under line in their games this season (141.8). So far, 12 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s OU line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total is 136.
In their recent matchup, the Colgate offense ended with 75 points against Boston. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 43.4% and made 11 threes. The team’s top scorer is Braeden Smith, who comes into today’s matchup with an average of 13.8, while Ryan Moffatt also maintains a PPG average of 11 leading up to the game.
So far, the Raiders’ defense is ranked 51st in the country at 66.3 points per contest. The Colgate defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 59 points and allowed Boston to connect on 11 threes.