The Princeton Tigers (0-3) are off to a slow start and will try to pick up their first victory when they square off against the Lafayette Leopards (0-2) at L. Stockwell Jadwin Gymnasium. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.
Lafayette Leopards vs. Princeton Tigers ATS Preview
The Leopards lost big to the No. 5 Villanova Wildcats in their last contest, 104-57. Matt Klinewski had a solid game for Lafayette, leading the team in scoring with 16 points on 5-for-10 shooting. Making free throws was one of Villanovas biggest strengths. They were 12-15 (80.0 percent), while the Leopards were just 6-8 (75.0 percent).
The last time the Tigers played, they were thoroughly outplayed by the Saint Josephs Hawks, 71-58. With 15 points and six rebounds, Princetons Amir Bell played well. Saint Josephs turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over Princeton. The Hawks had a rate of 6.2, while the Tigers posted a mark of 14.3.
Princeton could dominate on the offensive side of the ball as their sharp-shooting offense goes up against one of the worst defenses in the NCAA. Dating back to the 2016-17 season, the Tigers rank 57th in effective field goal percentage (0.536), while Lafayette ranks 335th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.546). Furthermore, second chance points could be rare for the Leopards. They rank 345th in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage at 20.3 percent, while the Tigers have been seventh-best on the defensive glass (defensive rebounding percentage of 76.3 percent).
The Tigers won the only contest against the Leopards last season, 71-55. The Tigers played a nearly flawless game. They had a fantastic offensive rebounding percentage of 33.3 and a great effective field goal percentage of 0.595. For those same stats, the Leopards were 16.1 and 0.490, respectively.
Lafayette Leopards vs. Princeton Tigers Betting Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Lafayette, ATS Winner – Lafayette, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Tigers rank 52nd in rebounds allowed per game (33.0) while the Leopards rank 244th (37.2).
- Lafayette is eighth in the nation with 2.2 blocks allowed per game while Princeton is 32nd with 2.6 blocks allowed per game.
- Princeton averages 25.9 three pointers per game, which ranks 18th in the nation. Lafayette ranks 308th in three pointers allowed per game (25.7).
- The Tigers rank sixth in steals allowed per game (4.5) while the Leopards rank 272nd (7.7).
- Princeton ranks 11th in assists allowed per game (10.4) while Lafayette ranks 276th (15.1).