Army Black Knights vs Lafayette Leopards Prediction, 1/2/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Army Black Knights vs Lafayette Leopards
Date: Monday, January 2, 2023
Location: Kirby Sports Center in Easton, PA
TV: Youtube TV
The Army Black Knights (6-7) are traveling to Kirby Sports Center on Monday where they will play the Lafayette Leopards (2-11).
The Army Black Knights faced Central Connecticut and walked away with a win by a score of 66-55 in their last game. Army ended the game having earned a 50.0% field goal percentage (23 out of 46) and converted 8 out of their 23 shots from beyond the perimeter. At the free throw line, the Black Knights made 12 of their 18 attempts for a rate of 66.7%. In the matter of rebounding, they earned a total of 32 with 5 of them being of the offensive variety. They also distributed 13 dimes in the game as well as forcing the other team into 10 turnovers and having 6 steals. Pertaining to defense, Army allowed 32.8% from the floor on 21 out of 64 shooting. Central Connecticut totaled 11 assists and had 7 steals in this game. In addition, Central Connecticut had 33 boards (11 offensive, 22 defensive), but wrapped up the game with no rejections. Central Connecticut ended up going 100.0% at the free throw line by converting 6 of their 6 attempts. They also knocked down 7 of their 27 tries from 3-point range. In regard to fouls, the Black Knights ended up finishing with 9 and Central Connecticut totaled 13 fouls.
Jalen Rucker is someone who came through in this contest. He accounted for 18 points on 5 out of 13 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 33 minutes played and totaled 6 boards. He went 38.5% from the field and also totaled 3 dimes.
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Army heads into this game with a mark of 6-7 for the season. They average 75.4 points per outing (126th in the country) while connecting on 47.1% from the field. The Black Knights are hitting 33.6% on shots from beyond the arc (110 of 327) and 69.8% from the charity stripe. As a unit, Army is grabbing 36.5 boards per game and has racked up 181 dimes for the season, which has them ranked 189th in D-1 in terms of passing. They lose possession by turning the ball over 13.3 times per contest and as a basketball team are committing 16.5 fouls every game.
When they are on defense, the Black Knights have forced 11.2 turnovers per contest while drawing 16.8 personal fouls. They give up 33.3% on shots from downtown and they are 254th in college hoops in PPG allowed (71.8). The Black Knights are giving up a field goal percentage of 42.9% (332 of 773) and they relinquish 31.5 rebounds per game as a group. They are ranked 231st in the nation in giving up assists with 175 relinquished on the year.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Lafayette Leopards took home the win by a final score of 90-65 against La Salle. The Leopards collected 26 defensive rebounds and 7 offensive boards totaling 33 for the game. They also gave up possession of the ball 12 times, while getting 6 steals for the contest. La Salle was called for 13 fouls in this game which got the Leopards to the free throw line for a total of 14 attempts. They were able to bury 11 of them for a clip of 78.6%. When talking about shots from beyond the perimeter, Lafayette converted 15 of 26 attempts (57.7%). Overall, the Leopards walked away from this one shooting 32 out of 52 from the field which had them at 61.5%. The Leopards allowed La Salle to knock down 23 of 56 tries from the field which had them shooting 41.1% for the contest. They wrapped up this game 33.3% from distance by shooting 6 out of 18 and finished the contest at 13 out of 19 from the charity stripe (68.4%). Concerning how they rebounded, Lafayette allowed La Salle to get 19 in all (6 on the offensive glass).
CJ Fulton was important for the Leopards for the game. He made 7 out of 9 in the matchup giving him a rate of 77.8%, and tallied 5 rebounds. He earned 20 points in his 35 mins on the court and had 6 dimes in the matchup.
Lafayette has a mark of 2-11 on the season. In terms of offensive execution, the Leopards are shooting 41.1% from the floor, which has them ranked 325th in the country. Lafayette has scored 804 pts this season (61.8 per game) and they pull in 30.6 rebounds per contest. They are earning an assist 15.2 times per contest (78th in the nation) and they are giving up possession 12.0 times per game. The Leopards are committing 15.5 fouls per contest and they go 66.7% from the charity stripe.
The Leopards on the defensive side of the court are 158th in Division 1 in PPG given up with 67.8. They are forcing 10.9 turnovers on a nightly basis and have let teams shoot 43.8% from the field (251st in D-1). The Lafayette defense surrenders 34.6% on shots from distance (106 of 306) and opponents are converting on 71.6% of their shots from the free throw line. They have conceded 12.9 assists and 35.2 total boards per game, which ranks 202nd and 240th in the country.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Army
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