The Lafayette Leopards host the Bucknell Bison for a Conference Tournament matchup on Tuesday night. Both teams shared the court last Sunday, with Bucknell securing the close 92-89 victory. Meanwhile, Lafayette looks forward to welcoming Bucknell as they now hold onto homecourt advantage.
Get a full scoop of the Bucknell vs. Lafayette game down below. Nitrobetting takes a look at the nitty-gritty details of the contest, featuring event details, crucial team and player stats, and the latest NCAAB betting odds. On top of all that, we have timely betting trends and predictions that help you secure the best picks.
Bucknell vs. Lafayette Game Information
- When: Tuesday, March 1, 2022, 7:00 PM ET
- Where: Kirby Sports Center, Easton, PA
- TV: NBC Sports
- Radio: Eagle 107 (Bucknell) / WJRH 104.9 FM (Lafayette)
- Live Stream: CBS Sports App
- NCAAB Betting Odds: Bucknell (+5.5) / Lafayette (-5.5)
Why Bet on Bucknell Bison?
Bucknell thrives on the offensive side of things. We expect the team to utilize its attacking prowess against a relatively weaker Lafayette defense. The Bison averages 70.9 points (153rd) on top of an impressive 45.3% shooting percentage (93rd). Although the side is average two-point shooters at 50.5% (151st), they make up for things elsewhere. As it stands, the team hits 36.8% of three-point attempts (48th) and is accurate from the line with a 76.6% free-throw shooting percentage (27th).
Defensively, Bucknell records rough numbers. The team allows 78.8 points (345th) points per game. Shooting defense is also questionable as they only hold opponents to 46.0% shooting (297th). This means they have to double up on offense or do enough defensively to keep Lafayette behind.
The good news is that Bucknell has a healthy lineup coming into the game. They have the services of Andrew Funk, who leads the team scoring at 17.7 points per game. He also gets scoring help from guard Xander Rice and big man Andre Screen.
Why Bet on Lafayette Leopards?
The Leopards are having a tough season with a 10-19 overall record. They are 17th in the Patriot Division and look to break a two-game losing streak. Lafayette is coming off a 20-point defeat in the hands of Leigh. However, the side will try to replicate their performance against Bucknell in the first week of February and score a much-needed win in front of their home crowd.
Lafayette averages 66.6 points (269th) per game on 43.1% shooting (216th). They have slightly better two-point shooting numbers than Bucknell, which the team can use to its advantage. The Leopards average 51.7% two-point shooting (103rd). Lafayette is 50.4% from the field (162nd) in 29 games played. Furthermore, the hosts have above-average ball movement. The team documents 15.9 assists (21st) per game.
Defense numbers tell us that this game will feature more attacking basketball than anything else. The Leopards allow 72.8 opponent points (252nd) per game and allow a 53.3% opponent field goal percentage (311th).
Head coach Fran O’Hanlon gets the full services of his roster on Tuesday night. Lafayette’s top scorer Neal Quinn is primed for the game, working alongside core scorers Tyronne Perry, Kyle Jenkins, and Leo O’Boyle.
Bucknell vs. Lafayette Betting Trends
- Bucknell is 3-2 in its last five road games against Lafayette (4-1 ATS).
- Bucknell is 2-3 in its last five games (2-3 ATS).
- The totals have gone over in four of Bucknell’s last five games against Lafayette.
- Lafayette is 4-1 in its last five games at Kirby Sports Center (3-2 ATS).
- Lafayette is 3-2 in its last five games against Bucknell (2-3 ATS).
- The totals have gone under once in Lafayette’s last five games against Bucknell.
Bucknell vs. Lafayette Expert Betting Predictions
Lafayette gets the upper hand in this matchup. It won the most recent clash against Bucknell and holds the better overall record between the two. It’s also worth noting that Lafayette won two of its last three home games, adding to the team’s momentum. Nonetheless, Bucknell is more than capable of covering the spread here. The team pulled off a victory over Lafayette in their most recent meeting. Their first contest also featured a close two-point deficit, which Bison can cover given the odds. Ultimately, we anticipate a closely-contested Conference game between both teams.
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