Lehigh vs. Lafayette Patriot Tournament Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Thursday, March 2, 2023
The No. 3 seed Lehigh Mountain Hawks (16-13, 11-7 Patriot) are 3-point favorites in the Patriot Tournament against the No. 6 seed Lafayette Leopards (9-22, 7-11 Patriot) on Thursday at Stabler Arena. The contest tips at 7:00 PM and airs on ESPN+, with the winner moving one step closer to securing a guaranteed spot in the NCAA Tournament bracket. The over/under in the matchup is 129.5.
Lehigh vs. Lafayette Odds
- Lehigh odds to win: -148
- Lafayette odds to win: +125
- Spread: Lehigh (-3)
- Total: 129.5
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Game Time and Information
- Date: Thursday, March 2, 2023
- Time: 7:00 PM ET
- TV: ESPN+
- Where: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
- Venue: Stabler Arena
Who Will Win Lehigh vs. Lafayette?
Lehigh and Lafayette Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread
In games it has played as at least 3-point favorites this season, Lehigh is 4-3 against the spread.
In games this season in which it was an underdog by 3 points or more, Lafayette has an 11-4-1 record against the spread.
The two teams average a combined 1.9 more points per game (131.4) than this game’s over/under of 129.5 points.
Lehigh and Lafayette have seen its opponents average a combined 4.7 more points per game than the point total of 129.5 set for this matchup.
The average over/under Lehigh has had in its games this year is 9.8 more points than this particular game’s point total.
Leopards games this year have averaged a total of 126.4 points, 3.1 fewer than the point total in this matchup.
The Mountain Hawks have a 15-13-0 record against the spread this season.
The Leopards’ ATS record is 17-13-1 this year.
Lehigh Stats & Insights
Lehigh averages 70 points per game (219th in college basketball) while allowing 69.3 per outing (157th in college basketball). It has a +19 scoring differential overall.
Lehigh grabs 30.1 rebounds per game (274th in college basketball) while conceding 32.8 per contest to its opponents. It is outrebounded by 2.7 boards per game.
The Mountain Hawks knock down 6.9 three-pointers per game (239th in college basketball) at a 35.1% rate (138th in college basketball), compared to the 6.7 their opponents make while shooting 32.2% from deep.
Lehigh ranks 232nd in college basketball with 91.8 points scored per 100 possessions, and 167th in college basketball defensively with 90.9 points conceded per 100 possessions.
At home, the Mountain Hawks are scoring seven more points per game (73.6) than they are when playing on the road (66.6).
Lafayette Stats & Insights
Lafayette puts up 61.4 points per game (355th in college basketball) while giving up 64.9 per outing (41st in college basketball). It has a -109 scoring differential and has been outscored by 3.5 points per game.
Lafayette loses the rebound battle by 3.3 boards on average. It collects 29.1 rebounds per game, 313th in college basketball, while its opponents pull down 32.4.
Lafayette knocks down 8.8 three-pointers per game (45th in college basketball) at a 32.7% rate (262nd in college basketball), compared to the 7.5 per game its opponents make, at a 34.1% rate.
Lafayette averages 86.9 points per 100 possessions on offense (324th in college basketball), and allows 91.9 points per 100 possessions (199th in college basketball).
In 2022-23 the Leopards are averaging 2.7 fewer points per game at home (59.9) than on the road (62.6).
Lehigh Key Players to Watch
Keith Higgins Jr. leads the Mountain Hawks in scoring, tallying 14.9 points per game to go with 2.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists.
Lehigh’s leading rebounder is Evan Taylor averaging 6.5 boards per game and its best passer is Jalin Sinclair and his 2.6 assists per game.
The Mountain Hawks get the most three-point shooting production out of Higgins, who knocks down 2.1 threes per game.
Tyler Whitney-Sidney and Taylor lead Lehigh on the defensive end, with Whitney-Sidney leading the team in steals averaging 1.3 per game and Taylor in blocks averaging 0.5 per contest.
Lafayette Key Players to Watch
Leo O’Boyle is the top scorer for the Leopards with 11.3 points per game. He also tacks on 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game to his scoring output.
Lafayette’s leader in rebounds is Kyle Jenkins with 5.7 per game, and its leader in assists is CJ Fulton with 5.1 per game.
O’Boyle is the top shooter from distance for the Leopards, hitting 2.2 threes per game.
Fulton (two steals per game) is the steal leader for Lafayette while Justin Vander Baan (one block per game) is the block leader.
Lehigh vs. Lafayette Prediction
- Pick ATS:
- Pick OU:
Lehigh 68, Lafayette 64
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