The Lafayette Leopards (9-18, 7-9 Pat) will travel to Case Gym to go head-to-head with the Boston University Terriers (12-15, 8-8 Pat) in their home finale. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 21, 2018.
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The Leopards beat the American University Eagles in their last contest, 90-85. With 16 points and six assists, Lafayette’s E.J. Stephens had a solid game. The Leopards made 16 of their 21 free throws (76.2 percent) and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.771 (above their season average of 0.525).
In the Terriers’ last matchup, they were topped by the Navy Midshipmen, 62-48. With 10 points, Boston University’s Max Mahoney put together a good outing. Navy’s rebounding was their biggest strength. The Midshipmen had more offensive rebounds (11 vs. six), defensive rebounds (23 vs. 21) and total rebounds (34 vs. 27).
Boston University could have difficulty getting to the foul line in this matchup. The Terriers currently rank 310th in the NCAA with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.198, while Lafayette ranks 31st in FTA rate allowed (0.189).
Alex Petrie has taken his game to another level over the last five games for Lafayette, averaging 20.4 points and 1.4 steals per game.
These teams have already met once this season. The Terriers won 75-72. The Terriers dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 42.9 and a free throw rate of 0.237. The Leopards were 21.1 and 0.197, respectively, for those same stats. Nick Havener was a top performer in the victory, with 21 points and five rebounds.
Lafayette Leopards vs. Boston University Terriers Odds Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Boston University, ATS Winner – Boston University, O/U – Under
- Boston University ranks 56th in steals per game (7.2) while Lafayette ranks 238th (4.0).
- The Leopards rank 111th in three pointers attempted per game (23.0) while the Terriers rank 185th in three pointers allowed per game (22.7).
- The Terriers’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 9.6, up from 1.2 for the season.
- During their last five games, the Leopards have scored an average of 76.6 points per game (5.1 above their season average) and allowed an average of 70.2 points per game (3.3 below their season average).