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Bucknell vs. Lehigh - 3/10/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Lehigh at Bucknell
Date & Time Sunday March 10, 2019, 2:00 PM (EDT)
Location
Sojka Pavilion
Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
The Line
The Line: Bucknell -5.5 -- Over/Under: 160.5
TV Channel
CBSSN
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The Lehigh Mountain Hawks and Bucknell Bison meet Sunday in the college basketball Patriot Tournament semifinal at the Sojka Pavilion.

The Lehigh Mountain Hawks look for a victory after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Lehigh Mountain Hawks are averaging 80.1 points on 48.4 percent shooting and allowing 77.2 points on 42.8 percent shooting. Lance Tejada is averaging 14.6 points and 3.3 assists while Kyle Leufroy is averaging 13.9 points and 5.3 rebounds. Pat Andree is the third double-digit scorer and Jordan Cohen is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The Lehigh Mountain Hawks are shooting 42.6 percent from beyond the arc and 77.2 percent from the free throw line. The Lehigh Mountain Hawks are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33 rebounds per game. The Lehigh Mountain Hawks have won five of their last seven road games.

The Bucknell Bison look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Bucknell Bison are averaging 76 points on 44.7 percent shooting and allowing 72.5 points on 43 percent shooting. Kimbal Mackenzie is averaging 17.2 points and 2.9 assists while Nate Sestina is averaging 15.4 points and 8.4 rebounds. Bruce Moore is grabbing 4.9 rebounds and Jimmy Sotos is dishing six assists. The Bucknell Bison are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 74.4 percent from the free throw line. The Bucknell Bison are allowing 32.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.9 rebounds per game. The Bucknell Bison haven’t lost a home game since November 28.

The Mountain Hawks are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 Sunday games, 27-11 ATS in their last 38 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win. The Bison are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Sunday games and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 games following a ATS win. The Mountain Hawks are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the over is 5-0 in the last 5 meetings. The over is 7-3 in Bison last 10 overall. The over is 16-7 in Mountain Hawks last 23 overall.

Bucknell just beat Lehigh by 12 points last month and has had zero issues in either game offensively. Bucknell is winning at home by an average of 7.1 points and enters this contest winning its last five games overall by an average of 6.6 points. The Lehigh Mountain Hawks have had some road success this season, but they can struggle defensively, especially away from home where they're allowing 80.1 points on average. Lehigh has been impressive covering wise on the road, but Bucknell is the more consistent team overall and should be able to get the job done at home.

Pick:
Bucknell -5.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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