Stetson at Liberty 3/5/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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Liberty Flames (21-5) vs Stetson Hatters (11-13)
Game Info: Friday, March 5, 2021 at 2:00 pm (UNF Arena)
Betting Odds: Liberty Flames -10.5 -- Over/Under: 136.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Stetson faces Liberty on Friday, March 5th at UNF Arena for an NCAA basketball ASUN Conference Semifinal matchup.
Stetson had to take down the #2 seed in Bellarmine on Thursday night in order to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2016. Stetson was not academically eligible in that season, but now the Hatters still have hope to reach their first NCAA Tournament in school history. Stetson and Liberty split the season series during the regular season, as Stetson won the first game by six and lost the second contest by 10. Stetson's leading scorer so far this season has been G Rob Perry, who has averaged about 15 points per game for the Hatters this season. Stetson as a team has scored 72.4 points per game and has earned 35.1 rebounds per game and 14.1 assists per game as well. Stetson has also allowed 70.3 points per game to its opponents as well.
Liberty had to go through the 8th seed in Kennesaw State in its quarterfinal game, as the Flames took down the Owls by 10 in a 69-59 contest. Liberty struggled in the first half, as the two teams were tied at 23-23 at the end of 20 minutes. Liberty was able to pull away in a strong second-half performance and advance to the semifinals yet again. Liberty is now 21-5 this season, as it remains the favorite to win the ASUN conference. Liberty's leading scorer so far this season has been G Darius McGhee, who has scored 15.5 points per game for the Flames. Liberty as a team has scored around 74 points per game and has earned 33 rebounds and 16 assists per contest as well. Liberty has also allowed 59 points per game to its opponents as well.
The line has not yet been released for this game, so be sure to check back soon for updates regarding the odds. I believe Liberty will win this game and punch its ticket to the ASUN Championship yet again, but Stetson will not be an easy out. Stetson can shoot the long-ball and has a solid paint presence with Diawara. Liberty wins this game by less than double-digits.
UPDATE: Liberty opens as a 10.5-point favorite and the total is set at 136.5. I will take Stetson and the chunk of points, as I believe this game will be decided by single digits.