The Lehigh Mountain Hawks (5-15, 2-6 Pat) will try to put an end to their 11-game road losing streak in a matchup against the American University Eagles (9-10, 5-3 Pat) at Bender Arena. The game starts at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, January 27, 2020, and will air on CBS Sports Network.
Lehigh Mountain Hawks at American University Eagles ATS Prediction
The Mountain Hawks are trying to rebound after their 74-56 loss to the Lafayette Leopards in their last contest. Lafayette’s effective field goal percentage was their biggest strength over Lehigh. The Leopards had a rate of 0.598 (above their season average of 0.552), while the Mountain Hawks posted a mark of 0.438 (below their season average of 0.499). Nic Lynch was Lehigh’s leading scorer with 13 points on 5-for-8 shooting.
In the Eagles’ last game, they fell to the Colgate Raiders, 79-69. One of Colgate’s biggest advantages was getting to the free throw line. They made 25 trips to the line, while American University went 18 times. American University’s Sa’eed Nelson had a good game, leading both teams in scoring with 21 points on 8-for-16 shooting.
Lehigh might struggle to create turnovers. American University ranks 100th in the nation at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 18.1 percent), while Lehigh forces the 59th-fewest turnovers (17.7 percent).
This will be the second game of the season between these two teams. In the first, Jordan Cohen scored a game-high 25 points and the Mountain Hawks beat the Eagles 82-73. He also recorded eight assists and five rebounds. The Mountain Hawks knocked down 22 of their 26 free throws (84.6 percent) and had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.577 vs. 0.438).
Lehigh Mountain Hawks at American University Eagles Free Pick
Basketball Tip: ATS Winner – American University, O/U – Under
American University ranks 139th in assists per game (13.1) while Lehigh ranks 202nd in assists allowed per game (14.5).
The Mountain Hawks’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 6.2, up from 5.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Eagles have scored an average of 75.4 points per game (3.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 76.2 points per game (3.2 above their season average).