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Lafayette vs. Boston University - 3/5/15 Patriot Quarterfinal Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Boston University Terriers (13-16) at Lafayette Leopards (17-12)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Kirby Center)

The Line: Lafayette Leopards -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Boston Terriers and Lafayette Leopards meet Thursday in the Patriot quarterfinal.

The Boston Terriers look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. On the season, Boston is averaging 68 points on 45.1 percent shooting and is allowing 69.7 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Cedric Hankerson is averaging 15.9 points and 2.6 assists while Eric Fanning is averaging 12.3 points and 3.7 rebounds. Nathan Dieudonne is grabbing 7.6 rebounds and John Papale is dishing 3.5 assists. The Boston Terriers have four players averaging at least 9.3 points, and they’re shooting 69.5 percent from the line and 36.8 percent from deep. Defensively, Boston is allowing 36.5 percent shooting from deep and has given up 60 or less points in five of its last eight games.

Lafayette vs. Boston University - 3/5/15 Patriot Quarterfinal Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Lafayette Leopards look to keep rolling after winning three of their last four games. On the season, Lafayette is averaging 73.2 points on 47.9 percent shooting and is allowing 73.2 points on 46.1 percent shooting. Dan Trist is averaging 17.7 points and 6.7 rebounds while Seth Hinrichs is averaging 13.1 points and 2.7 assists. Nick Lindner is the third double-digit scorer and Joey Ptasinski is dishing 1.8 assists. The Lafayette Leopards have four players averaging at least 9.3 points, and they’re shooting 76 percent from the line and 40.2 percent from deep. Defensively, Lafayette is allowing 37.1 percent shooting from deep and has given up 74 or more points in five of its last eight games.

The Terriers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games and 36-17-1 ATS in their last 54 games overall. The Leopards are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Patriot League and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall. 

Boston won the most recent meeting and lost the first meeting this season by one point. Assuming both teams show up given its an elimination game, I'm siding with the Terriers and the points. 

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