Lafayette vs American Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Sunday, March 5, 2023

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The No. 6 seed Lafayette Leopards (10-22, 7-11 Patriot) will play in the Patriot Tournament against the No. 7 seed American Eagles (17-14, 7-11 Patriot). The teams will square off Sunday at 4:00 PM live on CBS Sports Network.

Sunday’s matchup between the Leopards and the Eagles features the Leopards as tight 2-point favorites. A 120.5-point over/under is set for the game.

Lafayette vs. American Odds

Point Spread for Lafayette vs. American

The spread for this matchup is set at 2 points, with oddsmakers listing Lafayette as the favorite.

Lafayette vs. American Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Lafayette has -137 odds to pick up the win, while American is listed at +116 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the total for the game is set at 120.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Sunday, March 5, 2023
  • Game Time: 4:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: CBS Sports Network
  • Location: Easton, Pennsylvania
  • Arena: Kirby Sports Center

Lafayette vs. American Betting Trends

Lafayette has played 32 games, with 18 wins against the spread. The Leopards have been chosen as favorites in 11 games this year and have walked away with the win six times (54.5%) in those games. Lafayette’s games this year have hit the over on 16 of 31 set point totals.

Against the spread, American is 13-18-0 this year. The Eagles have been the underdog on the moneyline 15 total times this season. They’ve finished 8-7 in those games. American has gone over the point total 38.7% of the time this year (12 of 31 games with a set point total).

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Lafayette vs. American Key Players to Watch

Lafayette

CJ Fulton averages a team-leading 5 assists per contest. He is also putting up 10.4 points and 5.1 rebounds, shooting 42.6% from the floor and 38.7% from downtown with 1.9 made 3-pointers per game. Kyle Jenkins leads the Leopards at 5.7 rebounds per game, while also averaging 2.3 assists and 9.5 points. Leo O’Boyle is tops on the Leopards at 11.4 points per game, while also averaging 1.7 assists and 3.5 rebounds. Josh Rivera is posting 10.5 points, 1.4 assists and 5.1 rebounds per contest.

American

Matt Rogers tops the Eagles in scoring (13.8 points per game), and averages 6 rebounds and 1.7 assists. He also posts 0.9 steals and 0.8 blocked shots. Johnny O’Neil is No. 1 on the Eagles in rebounding (6.6 per game), and produces 11.2 points and 1.3 assists. He also averages 0.8 steals and 1.7 blocked shots. Elijah Stephens is the Eagles’ top assist man (4 per game), and he contributes 9.6 points and 2 rebounds. The Eagles receive 7.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game from Geoff Sprouse.

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What you need to know about the Lafayette Leopards

Lafayette has compiled a 10-9-0 conference record against the spread this season. The Leopards are scoring only 61.7 points per game (fifth-worst in college basketball), but they’ve played better at the other end, where they are giving up 64.9 points per game (40th-ranked). Lafayette is averaging 29.1 rebounds per game (310th-ranked in college basketball). It is ceding 32.3 rebounds per contest (269th-ranked).

On offense, the Leopards post 59.9 points per game in home games, compared to 63.1 points per game when playing on the road. So far this season, Lafayette is making 8.7 treys per game (51st-ranked in college basketball) and is shooting 32.7% (263rd-ranked) from beyond the arc. With 7.5 three-pointers conceded per game, the Leopards are 212th in the country. They are giving up a 34.1% shooting percentage from downtown, which ranks 196th in college basketball.

The Leopards have a 4-6 record against the spread while finishing 3-7 overall in their last 10 contests. Lafayette has gone over the total in seven of its last 10 games. Lafayette has been putting up 61.4 points per contest in its last 10 times on the court, an average that’s a little lower than the 61.7 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 campaign. Lafayette’s points-allowed average over its last 10 games (64.9) shows no change from its season-long per-game points allowed average during the 2022-23 campaign.

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What you need to know about the American Eagles

A total of eight American conference games this year have gone over the point total. With 65.1 points scored per game and 65.4 points allowed, the Eagles are 332nd in the country on offense and 48th on defense. On the glass, American is 12th-worst in the nation in rebounds (27.9 per game). But it is fourth-best in rebounds allowed (26.2 per game).

At home, the Eagles average 66.6 points per game. On the road, they average 63.8. At 6.2 made 3-pointers per game and shooting 34.8% from downtown, American is 300th and 154th in college basketball, respectively, in those categories. In 2022-23 the Eagles are 81st in the country in 3-pointers allowed (6.5 per game) and ninth-worst in defensive 3-point percentage (37.8%).

Over their past 10 contests, the Eagles have two wins against the spread, and are 3-7 overall. In its past 10 contests, American has hit the over three times. American is scoring 60.9 points per game in its previous 10 games, which is 4.2 fewer points than its average for the season (65.1). While the Eagles are giving up 65.4 points per game in 2022-23, they have been worse over their last 10 games, allowing 67 points per contest.

Lafayette vs. American Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this game is Lafayette, and we predict that Lafayette will cover the spread (Lafayette -2). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 120.5 points.

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How to bet Lafayette vs. American

You can bet on Lafayette vs. American at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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WRITTEN BY

Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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