NCAA hoops odds preview - American vs. Lafayette
American Eagles vs Lafayette Leopards Odds
The Lafayette Leopards will try to cover the spread at Kirby Center on Saturday when they get a visit from the American Eagles in NCAA basketball action.
The Eagles will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 0-1 ATS against the number this season, while the Leopards are 1-0 ATS. American is 1-0 on the totals; Lafayette is 0-1.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Leopards rated this week at No. 311 and the Eagles sitting at No. 299. It may or may not play a role in Odds Shark score prediction modelling that produced a 64-59 result in favor of the Leopards.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Lafayette's No. 149-ranked scoring average of 68.5 PPG, against a Eagles defense rated No. 95 and allowing 63.2 PPG. The Leopards FG% has averaged 45.4% to date this season, more than the Eagles shooters have managed so far (41.3% per game).
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, American owns the country's No. 114-rated mark, allowing 67 points per game on the highway. Lafayette, on the other hand, rates No. 172 in scoring at home.
American was a 66-47 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Bucknell. The Eagles got 13 points from Tony Wroblicky, but it was Bucknell that prevailed in a 66-47 final on Wednesday at Sojka Pavilion.
In their last action, Lafayette was an 80-67 winner on the road against Colgate. The Leopards grabbed an 80-67 win over the Red Raiders on Wednesday, behind a 17-point effort from Tony Johnson at Cotterell Court.