NJIT vs. Liberty - 3/3/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

NJIT vs. Liberty - 3/3/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

NJIT Highlanders (9-20) at Liberty Flames (26-4)

College Basketball: Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Vines Center)

The Line: Liberty Flames -15.5 -- Over/Under: 122.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The NJIT Highlanders (9-20, 6-10 CONF) and the Liberty Flames (27-4, 13-3 CONF) will meet on Tuesday, March 3rd for the Quarterfinal of the Atlantic-Sun Conference Tournament at Vines Center in Lynchburg, VA. The game will be played at 7:00 PM eastern time. 

NJIT is coming off a 76-55 road win over Kennesaw State in their last game. NJIT has lost three of its last five games heading into this conference tournament. Liberty is coming off a rare, 77-71 road loss to Lipscomb in their last game. Liberty has been one of the best teams in the smaller conferences in Division 1 basketball this season, and they are heavy favorites to win the Atlantic Sun due to their terrific home record this season. 

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NJIT scores 64.0 points per game on 40.5 percent field goal shooting this season. NJIT’s leading scorer is G Zach Cooks, who scores 19.8 points per game. The leading rebounder for NJIT is F Souleymane Diakite, who earns 8.5 rebounds per game. NJIT allows 68.1 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a -4.1 scoring differential so far this season. NJIT also earns 33.1 rebounds, 10.6 assists, 3.0 blocks, and 5.7 steals per game as a team. 

Liberty scores 68.6 points per game on 47.5 percent field goal shooting this season. Liberty’s leading scorer is G Caleb Homesley, who scores 15.0 points per game. The leading rebounder for Liberty is F Scottie James, who earns 7.4 rebounds per game. Liberty allows 53.2 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +15.4 scoring differential so far this season. Liberty also earns 33.7 rebounds, 13.1 assists, 2.7 blocks, and 5.7 steals per game as a team. 

NJIT is 10-17 against the spread this season and 4-6 against the spread in their last ten games. NJIT is also 6-10 against the spread on the road so far this season. Liberty is 15-13 against the spread this season and 4-6 against the spread in their last ten games. Liberty is also 4-8 against the spread, but 14-0 straight up at home so far this season.

Liberty has been terrific at home, winning all 14 games played at home straight up. Anything less than a conference tournament victory is a failure for Liberty, therefore I do not think they are going to mess around and let NJIT have anything in this game. I will lay the mountain of points with Liberty. 

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