Patriot League Matchups Make for Solid Betting Prospects Monday

Lehigh Hoops

Jay Pryce

Monday, January 8, 2018 4:31 PM UTC

Monday, Jan. 8, 2018 4:31 PM UTC

The main odds board offerings are slim for Monday's college basketball action, but with extra lines available for a few added games we have picks for the Lehigh-Boston and Army-American clashes.

Monday College Basketball: Lehigh vs. Boston U.Free NCAAB Pick: Over 156.5Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

These two last battled in a double-overtime thriller during the Patriot League semifinals last year, with Lehigh (7-7 SU, 0-1 ATS) winning 91-88. Both programs graduated some key players, but each are each expected to compete for the conference title again, ranking in the top four of the preseason coaches poll. Nonetheless, the Mountain Hawks field just 16 points from that game today; Boston (6-8 SU, 0-0 ATS) returns 44.

The Mountain Hawks lean on an up-tempo offense. Coached by 11-year veteran Brett Reed, they have finished in the top three in the Patriot League in five of the last six seasons. Four players average double figures in scoring, led by junior shooting guard Lance Tejada (15.2 ppg).

The Terriers also like to get up and down the court, and are a solid X’s and O’s team. They move the ball well, create plenty of open looks, and can find scoring from almost anyone. Boston ranks third nationally with 11 players scoring at least 10 points in a game this year. One issue with the team is free-throw shooting; it sinks just 54.7 percent from the charity stripe, last in the country. Ouch.

After snapping Bucknell’s 15-game home winning streak Tuesday, Boston lost to Loyola 68-65 on Friday. Cold shooting plagued the bunch, hitting just 24 of 58 field-goal attempts. Expect a better rate tonight versus a Lehigh defense ranked 271st in adjusted defensive efficiency. The Hawks, meanwhile, average 41.6 percent from the floor in eight road trips, but the number jumps to 45.0 against defenses allowing as much on the year. The Terriers yield 45.8 overall. One of these teams is hitting 80-plus points. This will be a barnburner. Head on over to 5Dimes College Extra lines and pick over 156.5 for your best bet on the odds board listings.

Monday College Basketball: Army vs. AmericanFree NCAAB Pick: Army -5Best Line Offered: 5Dimes

American (3-11 SU, 0-1 ATS) is undersized, lacks talent, and can’t score. Simple as that. It has lost five in a row and has failed to put up more than 64 points in six of its last seven games. The offense ranks 311th in KenPom’s adjusted efficiency. It also plays at a slow pace (262nd), and when it gets behind it struggles to catch up.

Army (8-6 SU, 0-0 ATS) plays up-tempo basketball and handled the Eagles' slow pace the last time out with 74-58 win in the first round of the Patriot League tournament. Leading scorer Jordan Fox (15.4 ppg) posted a game-high 23 in the win. Look for another big night from the junior guard here.

American’s defense is arguably weaker this season and will falter in the matchup. Since last year, the Eagles are 4-18 SU and 1-4 ATS against teams with a winning record. In 11 of the last 13 matchups, they have yielded a 53.0 percent opponent shooting rate or more. Army goes over 70 points, a mark American can’t touch. For your NCAAB picks, lay the 5 points with the Golden Knights.

Complete betting lines were not available for these games as of press time.

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