The Lafayette Leopards (9-22, 7-11 Patriot) will look to end a three-game road losing streak when squaring off against the Lehigh Mountain Hawks (16-13, 11-7 Patriot) on Thursday, March 2, 2023 at Stabler Arena, airing at 7:00 PM ET on ESPN+.
Thursday’s matchup between the Mountain Hawks and the Leopards features the Mountain Hawks as moderate 2.5-point favorites. The game has a point total of 131.5.
Lehigh vs. Lafayette Odds
Point Spread for Lehigh vs. Lafayette
The spread for this matchup is set at 2.5 points, with oddsmakers listing Lehigh as the favorite.
Lehigh vs. Lafayette Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Lehigh has -148 odds to pick up the win, while Lafayette is listed at +125 to claim victory.
Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 131.5 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Thursday, March 2, 2023
- Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN+
- Location: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
- Arena: Stabler Arena
Lehigh vs. Lafayette Betting Trends
Lehigh is 15-13-0 against the spread this year. The Mountain Hawks have been victorious in six of the nine contests they have been chosen as favorites in this season. Lehigh has gone over the point total in 45.2% of its opportunities this year (14 times over 31 games with a set point total).
In Lafayette’s 31 games this season, it has 17 wins against the spread. The Leopards are 3-17 in games they were the underdog on the moneyline (winning 15% of those games). Lafayette’s games this season have hit the over on 15 of 31 set point totals (48.4%).
Lehigh vs. Lafayette Key Players to Watch
Evan Taylor leads the Mountain Hawks at 6.5 rebounds per contest, while also averaging 1.1 assists and 14.2 points. Keith Higgins Jr. paces his team in both points (14.9) and assists (1.8) per game, and also averages 2.8 rebounds. At the other end, he posts 1.1 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Tyler Whitney-Sidney averages 13.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. Defensively, he posts 1.3 steals and 0 blocked shots. Dominic Parolin is putting up 7.9 points, 0.6 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game.
CJ Fulton is averaging a team-high 5.1 assists per game. And he is delivering 10.4 points and 5.1 rebounds, making 42.3% of his shots from the floor and 38.5% from beyond the arc, with 2 triples per contest. Kyle Jenkins is the Leopards’ top rebounder (5.7 per game), and he posts 9.3 points and 2.4 assists. Leo O’Boyle is the Leopards’ top scorer (11.3 points per game), and he delivers 1.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds. Josh Rivera is averaging 10 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game, making 44.8% of his shots from the field.
What you need to know about the Lehigh Mountain Hawks
A total of eight out of Lehigh’s 18 Patriot games this season have hit the over. With 70 points per game on offense, the Mountain Hawks rank 219th in the nation. At the other end of the court, they give up 69.3 points per contest, which ranks 157th in college basketball. Lehigh is averaging 30.1 boards per game (274th-ranked in college basketball). It is ceding 32.8 rebounds per contest (289th-ranked).
At home, the Mountain Hawks are scoring seven more points per game (73.6) than they are away from home (66.6). Lehigh ranks 239th in the nation with 6.9 threes per game this season. Meanwhile, it ranks 139th with a 35.1% shooting percentage from downtown. So far this year, the Mountain Hawks are ceding 6.7 threes per game (118th-ranked in college basketball) and are allowing opposing teams to shoot 32.2% (83rd-ranked) from beyond the arc.
The Mountain Hawks have gone 5-5 over their past 10 contests, with a 5-5 record against the spread in that span. Lehigh has hit the over in four of its last 10 games. In its last 10 games, Lehigh has been putting up 67 points per game, an average that’s slightly lower than the 70 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 season. The last 10 games have seen Lehigh allow 0.8 fewer points per game (68.5) than its season-long average (69.3).
What you need to know about the Lafayette Leopards
A total of 10 Lafayette conference games this season have hit the over. The Leopards are the fourth-worst squad in the nation in points scored (61.4 per game) and 41st in points conceded (64.9). With 29.1 rebounds per game and 32.4 rebounds allowed, Lafayette is 313th and 272nd in college basketball, respectively.
In 2022-23 the Leopards are scoring 2.7 fewer points per game at home (59.9) than away (62.6). Lafayette is 45th in college basketball in 3-pointers made (8.8 per game) and 262nd in 3-point percentage (32.7%). The Leopards give up 7.5 3-pointers per game and concede 34.1% from beyond the arc, ranking 216th and 201st, respectively, in the country.
The Leopards have gone 3-7 in their last 10 games, with a 4-6 record against the spread during that span. Six of Lafayette’s last 10 contests have gone over the total. While Lafayette is putting up 61.4 points per game in 2022-23, it has fallen short of that in its previous 10 games, amassing 60.5 points per contest. Over their last 10 games, the Leopards are ceding 63.1 points per contest, compared to their season average of 64.9 points allowed.
Lehigh vs. Lafayette Prediction & Pick
Our prediction to win this matchup is Lehigh, and we expect that Lehigh will cover the spread (Lehigh -2.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 131.5 points.
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