LIU vs. Robert Morris - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

LIU vs. Robert Morris - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

LIU (15-17) at Robert Morris Colonials (18-14)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 2:00 pm (UPMC Events Center)

The Line: Robert Morris Colonials -5.5 -- Over/Under: 144 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The LIU Sharks (15-17, 9-9 CONF) and the Robert Morris Colonials (18-14, 13-5 CONF) will meet on Saturday, March 7th for the Semifinal match of the Northeast Conference Tournament. The game will be played at UPMC Events Center in Moon Township, PA, and it is scheduled for a 2:00 PM eastern start time. 

LIU defeated Fairleigh Dickinson, 73-72, in the quarterfinal game of the tournament. LIU built a rather large lead early, but Fairleigh Dickinson was able to come back and make it interesting, as LIU pulled away with the one-point victory. Robert Morris also won a one-point game against St. Francis (Brooklyn), 59-58. Both teams are relieved to be in the semifinal after close finishes, but only one can prevail in this game. 

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LIU scores 76.2 points per game on 44.3 percent field goal shooting this season. LIU’s leading scorer is G Raiquan Clark, who scores 19.8 points per game. The leading rebounder for LIU is F Tyrn Flowers, who earns 9.8 rebounds per game. LIU allows 76.5 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a -.3 scoring differential so far this season. LIU also earns 34.4 rebounds, 14.5 assists, 3.4 blocks, and 6.8 steals per game as a team. 

Robert Morris scores 69.1 points per game on 43.9 percent field goal shooting this season. Robert Morris’s leading scorer is G Josh Williams, who scores 13.4 points per game. The leading rebounder for Robert Morris is G AJ Bramah, who earns 8.0 rebound per game. Robert Morris allows 67.1 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +2.0 scoring differential so far this season. Robert Morris also earns 33.4 rebounds, 16.4 assists, 2.0 blocks, and 6.3 steals per game as a team. 

LIU is 16-15 against the spread this season and 5-5 against the spread in their last ten games. LIU is also 9-7 against the spread on the road so far this season. Robert Morris is 18-13 against the spread this season and 5-5 against the spread in their last ten games. Robert Morris is also 7-5 against the spread at home so far this season.

There is a reason why both of these teams played in close games in their first conference tournament games. For the reason of competition, conference tournament games are usually tighter battles between two teams that do not want their season to end. I think LIU has a solid shot of winning this game, therefore I will take them with the added 5.5 points. 

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The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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