Lehigh vs Lafayette Prediction College Basketball Picks 3/7/24

Lafayette (10-20) vs Lehigh (11-17)

Game Info: Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 12:00 pm (Kirby Sports Center)

Betting Odds: Lafayette +2.5 - Over/Under: 137.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Lafayette Leopards and the Lehigh Mountain Hawks will meet in the first round of the Patriot League Championship this Thursday from the Kirby Sports Center on ESPN+. Lehigh comes in as 2.5-point road favorites, with the total hovering 137.5. Stay tuned for our Lehigh vs Lafayette Prediction. 

Lehigh Mountain Hawks Rundown

Lehigh finished at 12-17 after losing to Colgate at home, 63-60. The Mountain Hawks had their rally cut short by the Raiders, and they’ll look to put that behind them this Thursday in Boston. Lehigh is scoring 73.3 points per game, on 44.2% shooting, while allowing 73.1 ppg, and they’re currently 5th in the Patriot League with a 9-8 record in conference play. 

Lehigh’s X-Factors

  • Junior guard Tyler Whitney-Sidney went for a game-high 20 points in the Boston U matchup, and he leads Lehigh in scoring (14.8).  
  • Senior big Dominic Parolin has grabbed 10 boards or more in three straight games, and he leads the Mountain Hawks in rebounding (6.3), while averaging 11.8 ppg. 
  • Veteran guard Keith Higgins Jr. has scored 14 points or more in three of six games since returning to the lineup, and he’s second on the team at 13.4 ppg. 

Lafayette Leopards Rundown

Lafayette closed at 11-20 after losing to Bucknell in Lewisburg, 60-50. The Leopards stalled in the second half versus the Bison, and they’ll try to avoid a third loss to the Mountain Hawks in a 30-day span. LLafayette is scoring 63.5 points per game, on 41.1% shooting, while allowing 71.5 ppg, and they’re currently third in the Patriot League with a 10-7 record in conference play. 

Lafayette’s X-Factors

  • Palm Beach native Devin Hines led the way with a game-high 20 points in the win over American, and he now leads Lafayette in scoring (9.6). 
  • Veteran guard Eric Sondberg has knocked down three triples or more in four of the last six contests, and he’s second on the team at 9.3 ppg. 
  • Junior center Justin Vander Baan leads the Leopards in rebounding (5.2), while averaging 9.0 ppg. 
  • Freshman guard Mark Butler scored a team-high 16 points in the January 11th win over Colgate, and he’s averaging 8.1 ppg and a team-leading 3.6 apg.

Lehigh vs Lafayette Trends

  • LEH is 13-14-1 against the spread, with a 12-16 over/under record
  • The Mountain Hawks are 4-6 over their last ten games, and they’re 6-7 on the road this season. 
  • LAF is 9-15-2 against the spread, with a 16-10 O/U record
  • The Leopards are 2-8 over their previous ten games, and they’re 6-9 in Easton this season. 

Lehigh vs Lafayette Prediction

Lafayette has tailed off down the stretch, and I like taking a chance with Lehigh here. The Mountain Hawks are annually one of the Patriot League’s stronger schools, and after beating the Leopards twice, a third straight victory could be in the works for them. Let’s back Lehigh for this Patriot League matchup.

Corey’s Pick Lehigh TO WIN

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