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Bucknell Bison vs Lafayette Leopards Preview

Lafayette LeopardsBucknell Bison
March 3, 4:30 PM | Sojka Pavilion

Lafayette Leopards vs Bucknell Bison Odds

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The visiting Leopards hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Sojka Pavilion against the Bucknell Bison.

This game is part of the Patriot Tournament which will decide the conference champion and help decide March Madness seedings.

The Leopards will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 1-0 ATS against the number this season, while the Bison are 3-2 ATS. Lafayette is 1-0 on the totals; Bucknell is 3-2.

View Lafayette vs Bucknell Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
College basketball odds makers opened the Bison as 12-point favorites in this matchupl.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Bison, most recently No. 61 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Leopards, who rate No. 314 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 76-66 victory for the Bison.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Leopards rank No. 332 in NCAA Division 1 with 29.4 per game. That compares with Bucknell’s No. 118 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Bucknell is college basketball's No. 210-ranked team at 5.8 per game, while the Leopards rate No. 3 with 9.2 per game.

Defensively, Lafayette features the nation's No. 282-rated defense on the road, allowing 74.4 points per game. Bucknell, meanwhile, comes in at No. 154 nationally in scoring at home.

Lafayette was an 84-76 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Holy Cross. They covered the 6-point spread as underdogs. The Leopards got a terrific 25-point effort from Rob Delaney as Lafayette defeated Holy Cross 84-76 on Wednesday at Hart Recreation Center.

Bucknell was an 87-63 winner in their most recent outing at home against Navy. They covered the 16-point spread as favorites. The battle between the Bison and Midshipmen didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Navy was handed an 87-63 defeat on Wednesday at Sojka Pavilion.