Lehigh Mountain Hawks (1-0) at Miami Hurricanes (0-0)
College Basketball: Friday, November 9, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Watsco Center)
The Line: Miami Hurricanes -16 -- Over/Under: 149.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Lehigh Mountain Hawks will travel to the Watsco Center to take on the Miami Hurricanes this Friday night in College Basketball action.
The Lehigh Mountain Hawks will look to make it 2-0 on the young season after they opened their season with an impressive 85-61 victory over the Monmouth Hawks this past Tuesday. Lehigh led by a 36-30 margin at halftime and used a strong offensive 2nd half to pull away from the Hawks and secure the victory. Lehigh shot an impressive 50.8% from the field while shooing 44.4% (12-27) from beyond the arc. The Mountain Hawks defense was equally impressive as they held Monmouth to just 33.9% shooting from the field and 19.0% (4-21) from beyond the arc. Lehigh dominated Monmouth on the boards as they outrebounded the Hawks by a 47-28 margin however, Lehigh did struggle protecting the basketball as they committed 18 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Mountain Hawks was Pat Andree who had 31 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, & 2 steals. Jordan Cohen had a solid overall game as he had 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 blocks, and a steal while Kyle Leufroy chipped in with 11 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists.
The Miami Hurricanes finished last season with an impressive 22-10 (11-7) overall record which helped them earn a 6-seed in the NCAA Tournament, however, the Hurricanes couldn’t make much noise in the big dance after getting eliminated by the 11-seed Loyola-Chicago Ramblers in the first round. It’s going to be tough for Miami to relive that success as the Hurricanes lost a bunch of talent in Lonnie Walker IV (11.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.9 apg), Bruce Brown (11.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.3 spg), and Ja’Quan Newton (8.8 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.6 apg). Miami does return Duwan Hernandez (Huell) who was a force down low for the Hurricanes last season as he averaged 11.4 ppg, 6.7 rpg, & 1.0 bpg). Also returning for the Hurricane will be point-guard Chris Lykes (9.6 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 2.3 apg), Dejan Vasiljevic (9.0 ppg, 2.5 rpg), and big man Anthony Lawrence II (8.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.4 spg). Miami will be hoping that Florida Gulf Coast transfer, Zach Johnson, who averaged 16.1 ppg last season can help the Miami offense that ranked just 10th in the ACC in scoring at 73.7 ppg.
The Mountain Hawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Friday games and 20-6 ATS in their last 26 road games. The Hurricanes are 7-24 ATS in their last 31 home games and just 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall.
Lehigh is known mostly as the school the CJ McCollum went to however, you don’t want to sleep on the Mountain Hawks this season as after a bit of a down season last year, Lehigh has to be considered the Patriot League favorite heading into this season. The Mountain Hawks are a team that likes to push the ball on the offensive end and certainly has the ability to put up a bunch of points. Miami has one of the better coaches in the ACC in Jim Larranaga however, this could be a tough season for the Hurricanes as they just didn’t bring enough talent in the off season to help replace the talent that they lost. Miami should be tough defensively however, I think offense is going to be tough find for the Hurricanes, especially when ACC play begins.
Miami is the better team however, they lost a bunch of talent and it's going to be interesting to see who steps up on the offensive end. Lehigh isn't going to winthis game however, the Mountain Hawks are one of the better offensive teams in the Patriot League and I think they'll do enough with this large amount of points to cover. Take Lehigh to cover.