LIU at Merrimack 12/31/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions

LIU at Merrimack 12/31/21 College Basketball Picks and Predictions Photo by Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Merrimack Warriors (6-8) vs LIU Sharks (3-8)

Game Info: Friday, December 31, 2021 at 2:00 pm (Hammel Court)

Betting Odds: Merrimack Warriors -2.5 -- Over/Under: 129.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The LIU Sharks and Merrimack College Warriors face off on Friday in a college basketball showdown at Hammel Court. 

The LIU Sharks come into this game with a 3-8 record and they have gone 5-5 against the spread. In the last game against the Sacred Heart Pioneers the offense could only manage 65 points and that led to the four point defeat. Two games ago against Army the offense was elite scoring 90 points, and that led to the easy victory. Long Island University is averaging 70.3 points while their defense is giving up 73.3 points per game. Forward Ty Flowers has been thore top player for LIU averaging 16.9 points while shooting 44.2 percent from the field and 40 percent from behind the three point line. There are three different players who are averaging at least 12.8 points per game. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Merrimack Warriors who sit with a 6-8 record and they have gone 6-6-1 against the spread. In the last game against Saint Francis Brooklyn the offense put up 74 points and that was enough to come away with the 10 point victory. Merrimack is averaging 56.9 points while their defense is giving up 62.2 points per game. Forward Jordan Minor has been the top player for the Warriors averaging 14.8 points while shooting 50 percent from the field and 71.1 percent from the free throw line. 

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Merrimack is 9-0 against the spread in their last nine games against a team with a winning percentage below .400. Merrimack is 5-0 against the spread in their last five games played on Friday. The under is 6-0 in LIU’s last six road games. The under is 4-1 in the Sharks last five games overall. 

Merrimack likes to play a slower paced game and LIU struggled to score in the last game. I expect both offenses are going to struggle and this game is going to be lower scoring and the under will cash. I do believe LIU is the better team, and they are also going to find enough offense to cover the spread. 

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