Lipscomb vs. North Florida - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Lipscomb Bisons (15-15) at North Florida Ospreys (21-11)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm (UNF Arena)
The Line: North Florida Ospreys -7.5 -- Over/Under: 159 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Lipscomb Bison (15-15, 9-7 CONF) and the North Florida Ospreys (21-11, 13-3 CONF) will meet on Thursday, March 5th for the Semifinal game of the ASUN conference tournament. The game will be played at 7:00 PM eastern time.
Lipscomb defeated FGCU at home 68-63 in the quarterfinal game on Tuesday. Lipscomb has been red hot as of late, winning four of their last five games overall, which includes a win over the best team in the conference, Liberty. North Florida beat Jacksonville in a high-scoring affair, 91-88 at home in their quarterfinal game. North Florida just beat Lipscomb at home on February 22nd at home, 82-74.
Lipscomb scores 70.8 points per game on 44.8 percent field goal shooting this season. Lipscomb’s leading scorer and rebounder is C Ahsan Asadullah, who scores 18.2 points per game and earns 9.8 rebounds per game. Lipscomb allows 70.6 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +.2 scoring differential so far this season. Lipscomb also earns 35.5 rebounds, 13.3 assists, 2.7 blocks, and 5.5 steals per game as a team.
North Florida scores 78.5 points per game on 45.1 percent field goal shooting this season. North Florida’s leading scorer is G Garrett Sams, who scores 15.2 points per game. The leading rebounder for North Florida is F Carter Hendricksen, who earns 7.1 rebounds per game. North Florida allows 73.2 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +5.3 scoring differential so far this season. North Florida also earns 34.6 rebounds, 15.7 assists, 3.8 blocks, and 5.0 steals per game as a team.
Lipscomb is 13-15 against the spread this season and 7-3 against the spread in their last ten games. Lipscomb is also 7-9 against the spread on the road so far this season. North Florida is 23-8 against the spread this season and 8-2 against the spread in their last ten games. North Florida is also 9-4 against the spread at home so far this season.
The line is not out for this game yet, therefore I will give my final score prediction and update the article tomorrow morning. I think North Florida's offense is really hard to control, especially in front of their home crowd. I am surprised that Jacksonville was able to score as many points as they did against North Florida in the quarterfinals, but I think North Florida will lockdown on Lipscomb, win this game and head to the ASUN championship game. North Florida wins 78-68.
UPDATE: I will take North Florida -7.5 in this game, but I will tread lightly after seeing North Florida struggle to put away Jacksonville in the quarterfinals.