Army vs. Lafayette - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Lafayette Leopards (18-11) at Army Black Knights (15-14)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Christl Arena)
The Line: Army Black Knights -1 -- Over/Under:
The Lafayette Leopards and Army Black Knights meet Thursday in the college basketball Patriot Tournament at the Christl Arena.
The Lafayette Leopards enter this contest splitting their last eight games. The Lafayette Leopards are averaging 71.1 points on 46 percent shooting and allowing 68 points on 42.2 percent shooting. Justin Jaworski is averaging 17.1 points and 2.7 rebounds while E.J. Stephens is averaging 11.8 points and 2.1 assists. Myles Cherry is the third double-digit scorer and Lukas Jarrett is dishing 3.2 assists. The Lafayette Leopards are shooting 35.3 percent from beyond the arc and 74 percent from the free throw line. The Lafayette Leopards are allowing 30.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.5 rebounds per game. The Lafayette Leopards have won four of their last six road games.
The Army Black Knights enter this tournament splitting their last eight games. The Army Black Knights are averaging 69.5 points on 46.5 percent shooting and allowing 72.5 points on 43.2 percent shooting. Tommy Funk is averaging 14.3 points and 5.1 rebounds while Matt Wilson is averaging 13.4 points and 8.1 rebounds. Lonnie Grayson is the third double-digit scorer and Alex King is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Army Black Knights are shooting 32.9 percent from beyond the arc and 56.9 percent from the free throw line. The Army Black Knights are allowing 34.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33 rebounds per game. The Army Black Knights have won four straight home games.
Will update with trends once they're released.
The Lafayette Leopards are an impressive 10-4-1 against the spread on the road and 17-10-1 against the spread on the season. That's usually enough to lean in their direction. However, the Army Black Knights rocked Lafayette in both meetings this season, winning by a combined 37 points and covering both games with ease. The Army Black Knights win at home by an average of 4.9 points while shooting 47.7 percent from the field. The Army Black Knights have won seven of the last nine meetings against the Lafayette Leopards overall. There's no reason not to side with the Army Black Knights at home in this tournament contest.