The Lehigh Mountain Hawks (5-18, 2-9 Pat), who are currently on a seven-game skid, will attempt to get back in the win column when they travel to Kirby Sports Center to clash against the Lafayette Leopards (15-7, 7-4 Pat). Action gets underway at 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 8, 2020.
Lehigh Mountain Hawks vs. Lafayette Leopards Odds Preview
In the Mountain Hawks’ last contest, they were blown out by the Colgate Raiders, 81-51. Marques Wilson put together a solid game for Lehigh, leading the team in scoring with 12 points on 4-for-10 shooting. Colgate had a turnover percentage of 11.1 (better than their season average of 14.4). Lehigh, on the other hand, did a fantastic job of converting from the charity stripe (13-17; 76.5 percent).
The Leopards come in on a high note after just getting past the Bucknell Bison in their last matchup, 65-62. Lafayette’s Tyrone Perry played a key role with 13 points and seven rebounds. The Leopards held the Bison to an effective field goal percentage of 0.411 (below their season average of 0.493). The Bison had a free throw rate of 0.177 (below their season average of 0.212).
These two squads have already met once this season. The Leopards won 74-56. Lafayette’s effective field goal percentage was its largest strength over Lehigh. The Leopards had a rate of 0.598 while the Mountain Hawks posted a mark of 0.438. Justin Jaworski was the game’s top overall scorer with 20 points.
The sharp-shooting offense of Lafayette (ninth in the country with an effective field goal percentage 0.556) will battle against the bottom-tier defense of Lehigh (275th in effective field goal percentage allowed 0.514). The Leopards should have the advantage on that end of the court. Also, the Mountain Hawks, who rank 307th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.188), will face off against the Leopards, who rank third in opponents’ FTA rate (0.144).
Lehigh at Lafayette Odds Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Lafayette, ATS Winner – Lehigh, O/U – Under
The Mountain Hawks rank 187th in steals per game (5.5) while the Leopards rank 236th (4.6).
Lafayette ranks 195th in rebounds per game (34.6) while Lehigh ranks 227th (33.7).
Lafayette ranks 49th in three pointers attempted per game (25.4) while Lehigh ranks 283rd (16.7).
The Leopards rank 18th in assists per game (16.3) while the Mountain Hawks rank 211th in assists allowed per game (14.5).
Lafayette ranks 50th in blocks per game (4.2) while Lehigh ranks 164th (2.5).
The Leopards’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.0, down from 4.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Mountain Hawks have scored an average of 67.4 points per game (0.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 81.6 points per game (7.5 above their season average).