Colgate vs. Lafayette - 3/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Lafayette Leopards (19-11) at Colgate Raiders (24-8)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 2:00 pm (Cotterell Court)
The Line: Colgate Raiders -10 -- Over/Under: 146
The Colgate Raiders and the Lafayette Leopards meet in a Patriot League conference tournament semi-final matchup from Cotterell Court on Sunday afternoon.
The Colgate Raiders punched their ticket to the semi-finals by virtue of an 83-70 win over Lehigh last time out. Jordan Burns leads Colgate in scoring and assists with 15.6 PPG and 4.6 APG while Rapolas Ivanauskas has 13.2 PPG and Will Rayman has 12.7 PPG and a team-high 8.9 RPG this season. Nelly Cummings has 11.2 PPG and Tucker Richardson has 10.6 PPG this season. As a team, Colgate is averaging 76 points on 44.8% shooting from the field, 36.2% from 3-point range and 75% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 68.3 points on 43.5% shooting from the field and 30.7% from 3-point range this season.
The Lafayette Leopards took their spot in the tournament semi-finals after a 73-68 win over Army last time out. Justin Jaworski leads the Leopards in scoring with 17.1 PPG while E.J. Stephens has 11.8 PPG and Myles Cherry has 10.2 PPG and a team-high 7.1 RPG this season. Lukas Jarrett also has 9.3 PPG and a team-high 3 APG this season. As a team, Lafayette is averaging 70.2 points on 45.4% shooting from the field, 34.5% from 3-point range and 73.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 68.1 points on 42.6% shooting from the field and 30.7% from 3-point range this season.
Head-to-head, the underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
I get Colgate being favored because they’re at home where they’re 14-1 SU this season. However, Lafayette won both meetings with Colgate this season, including a 2-point win at the end of January in Colgate’s own gym. Lafayette is also outscoring their opponents by 0.9 points per game on the road this season, so I think the Leopards can once again hang away from home, so I’ll take a shot with Lafayette and the points here.