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Posted at 12:15 PM EST.
7:00 PM EST. The Bisons of Bucknell are first place in the Patriot League and have a comfortable three-game lead over both Colgate and Boston University with a game against the former at home on deck next time out. The Bisons have been laying waste to everything in their path after 10 straight wins including five in a row by double digits. While there is no doubt Bucknell is a talented group, it's hard to maintain a high level of intensity when you face little resistance from the opposition. As the top team in their conference, the Bisons also have a target on their backs night after night.
It's been a disappointing season for Lehigh after the Mountain Hawks finished third in the league and made it to the Patriot League championship game last season. In 2017-18, the Mountain Hawks are just 5-7 in-conference, 10-13 overall, and sit seventh in the Patriot League after preseason prognosticators pegged them to finish as high as fourth. We're in the business of buying low, so Lehigh is right in our wheelhouse tonight. The Mountain Hawks have already played the Bisons on the road in Lewisburg and fell 78-65, which coincidentally was the same score of last year's Patriot League championship game. It might appear the Bisons have the Mountain Hawks' number, but those recent lopsided results only lessen their appeal in the market, which allows us to get a better price.
The "revenge" angle is one that we'll leave to the pick sellers and pundits, but there is no doubt this game tonight has to mean more to Lehigh. Bucknell is on cruise control, and a win over Colgate in its next game will all but guarantee a regular season title and the number one seed in the Patriot League conference tournament at the end of the regular season. Also on the line for the Mountain Cougars tonight is its standing in-conference. Lehigh is one game back of both Army and Navy for fourth place, which is significant because the top four schools get a first-round bye in said tournament. Everything is on the line for Lehigh tonight while the Bison have much bigger fish to fry down the road. That sets this one up well for the dog to come in under the price and perhaps even win outright.
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#724 LEHIGH +7½ -106 (Risking 2.12 units - To Win: 2.00)