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Bucknell vs. Lafayette - 3/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Lafayette Leopards (18-12) at Bucknell Bison (19-13)

College Basketball: Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 2:00 pm (Sojka Pavilion)

The Line: Bucknell Bison -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: CBSC

The Bucknell Bison and the Lafayette Leopards face off on Sunday at Sojka Pavilion in a Patriot League college basketball semifinal.

The Bucknell Bison are 19-13 this season and are coming off of a win on Thursday against Holy Cross. Bucknell is averaging 68.7 points and they shoot 44.2 percent while defensively they are allowing 68.5 points and their opponents are shooting 44.1 percent. Chris Hass leads the Bison averaging 15.9 points per game. Nana Foulland is averaging 10.2 points and 5.3 rebounds, Zach Thomas is averaging 7.4 points, and J.C. Snow is averaging 6.9 points. Bucknell is 1-0in neutral site games, and 14-5 in the patriot League.

Bucknell vs. Lafayette - 3/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Lafayette Leopards are 18-12 this season and they landed in this game after beating Boston University by 25 points on Thursday. Lafayette is averaging 74.3 points and they are shooting 48.3 percent while defensively they are allowing 72.6 points and their opponents are shooting 45.6 percent. Dan Trist leads the Leopards averaging 17.5 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. Seth Hinrichs is averaging 13.2 points and 5.9 rebounds, Nick Lindner is averaging 12 points and 5.4 assists, and Joey Ptasinski is averaging 9.5 points. Lafayette is 10-9 in the Patriot League and this is their first neutral site game.

Bucknell is 4-1 against the spread against the Patriot League, 2-7 against the spread in their last nine home games, and 4-9 against the spread following a win. Lafayette is 5-2 against the spread following a win and 2-5 against the spread in their last seven games.

Bucknell is better defensively and that usually translates to being the better overall team and I look for them to win and cover here. 

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Bucknell Bison -3.5

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