Liberty at Oklahoma State 3/19/21 NCAA Tournament College Basketball Picks and Predictions
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Oklahoma State Cowboys (20-8) vs Liberty Flames (23-5)
Game Info: Friday, March 19, 2021 at 6:25 pm (Indiana Farmers Coliseum)
Betting Odds: Oklahoma State Cowboys -9.5 -- Over/Under: 142 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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Liberty faces Oklahoma State on Friday, March 19th at Indiana Farmers Coliseum for an NCAA Tournament #13 vs. #4 seed matchup.
Liberty heads into the NCAA Tournament as the A-SUN Conference Champions yet again. Ever since Liberty joined the Atlantic-Sun in 2019, the Flames have won three A-SUN Tourneys and will now be in their second NCAA Tournament as a member of the conference. Liberty finished the season with a 23-5 record and ended the regular season on a nine-game winning streak, plus the three wins in the conference tournament. Liberty's most impressive win this season was an 84-73 victory over Mississippi State (a current member of the NIT) on November 26th. Liberty's worst loss this season has to be its 65-59 loss to Stetson in conference play. Liberty's leading scorer this season is G Darius McGhee, who scored 15.6 points per game for Flames. Liberty as a team has scored 74.9 points per game, has earned 33.4 rebounds per contest and has allowed 59.6 points per game to its opposition.
Oklahoma State made it all the way into the Big 12 Championship game before losing to Texas. Oklahoma State had to take down West Virginia and Baylor along the way, putting the team in this desirable #4 seed spot. Oklahoma State finished the season with a 20-8 record and had to deal with injuries along the way. Oklahoma State's most impressive win came a few days ago when the Cowboys beat a #1 seed in Baylor by nine points. Oklahoma State's worst loss this season actually happened twice, as TCU (#138 according to KenPom) beat OK State on December 16th and February 3rd. Oklahoma State is led by its future NBA talent in G Cade Cunningham. Cunningham is one of the top players in the nation, scoring 20.2 points per game for the Cowboys. Oklahoma State as a team has scored 77.1 points per game, has earned 38.6 rebounds per contest, and has allowed 72.9 points per game to its opponents as well.
Liberty is currently 16-8-0 against the spread this season, while Oklahoma State is 17-10-1 against the spread.
Oklahoma State opens as a 9.5-point favorite and the total is set at 142. Here we have two great cover teams in the tricky #13 vs. #4 matchup, but I give the edge to OK State here. I think Liberty is a solid team that got a really, really bad draw here. Oklahoma State is a team that I think could make a run in this tournament, so I will lay the points with Oklahoma State here.