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