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Bucknell vs. Lehigh - 2/11/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Lehigh at Bucknell
Date & Time Monday February 11, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Sokja Pavilion
Lewisburg, PA
The Line
Bucknell Bison - -4.5 -- Over/Under: 161
TV Channel
CBS Sports Network
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The Lehigh Mountain Hawks will travel to Sokja Pavilion to take on the Bucknell Bison this Monday night in College Basketball action.

The Lehigh Mountain Hawks improved to 16-7 (9-3 Patriot) on the season after defeating the Navy Midshipmen, 83-57, this past Saturday. Lehigh dominated Navy on both ends of the court and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 42-23 halftime lead. Lehigh shot 46.6% from the field while holding Navy to just 27.9% shooting from the field and 20.0% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Mountain Hawks was Pat Andree who had 22 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.

On the season, Lehigh is averaging 80.7 ppg on 49.4% shooting from the field. The Mountain Hawks are averaging 9.8 three-pointers per game on 44.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Lehigh has been led by Lance Tejada (14.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.0 spg), Pat Andree (13.8 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.6 apg), Kyle Leufroy (13.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.0 spg), Jordan Cohen (13.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.3 spg).

Defensively, Lehigh is allowing their opponents to average 76.9 ppg on 42.3% shooting from the field. The Mountain Hawks have a rebound margin of 0.3 and a turnover margin of -2.2.

The Bucknell Bison won their 4th straight game and improved to 16-8 (10-2 Patriot) on the season after defeating the Boston University Terriers, 82-76, this past Saturday. Bucknell trailed by a 40-36 margin at halftime, however, was outstanding offensively in the 2nd half and pulled away after taking a 71-60 lead with 4:55 left in regulation. Bucknell shot 48.3% from the field and outrebounded Boston University by a 41-31 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Bison was Nate Sestina who had a double-double with 25 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, and a steal.

On the season, Bucknell is averaging 76.0 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field. The Bison are averaging 9.0 three-pointers per game on 34.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Bucknell has been led by Kimbal Mackenzie (16.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.0 apg), Nate Sestina (16.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.1 apg), Bruce Moore (10.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg), and Avi Toomer (8.8 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.4 spg).

Defensively, Bucknell is allowing their opponents to average 73.4 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Bison have a rebound margin of -1.7 and a turnover margin of -0.2.

The Mountain Hawks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 away games. The Bison are 4-3-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.

Lehigh has won 5 of their last 6 games and although their defense has given up points as the Mountain Hawks rank 293rd in scoring defense, Lehigh has been on of the better offense teams in all College Basketball as they rank 32nd in scoring offense, 8th in FG%, and 1st in 3P-FG%.

Bucknell has won 9 of their last 10 games and currently rank 101st in scoring offense, 161st in FG%, and 137th in defensive FG%.

This should be an entertaining game on Monday night as Lehigh & Bucknell are the two top teams in the Patriot League. Bucknell was able to secure a hard-fought 85-83 victory at Lehigh earlier this season however, the Bison have to be concerned about Lehigh’s ability to put up points, especially behind the arc. This game has yet to be lined, however, as I expect Bison to be favored by about 3-5 points in this one, I’m taking Lehigh as I expect this game to once again come down to the wire.

Pick:
Lehigh +4.5

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