Check out our free Central Connecticut State vs LIU pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Brooklyn. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Central Connecticut State vs LIU Pick & Preview: Sunday, January 22nd Betting Odds
Blue Devils vs Sharks Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Central Connecticut State Blue Devils at LIU Sharks
- Where: Brooklyn at Steinberg Wellness Center
- Date: Sunday, January 22nd
- Betting Odds: Central Connecticut State -7, CENCON -316 | LIUB +245 O/U 142.5
Blue Devils Preview:
The Central Connecticut State Blue Devils head into today’s game in what will be their 21st game of the season, posting a record of 4-16. So far, the Blue Devils have played 11 games on the road, with a record of 1-10. This season, Central Connecticut State has been favored to win in 4 games, sitting with a mark of 2-2. For today’s contest, Central Connecticut State has a betting line set -7 points in their favor.
Central Connecticut State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Kellen Amos who is averaging 14.65 points per game for the Blue Devils. Amos is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Blue Devils’ offensive game plan is the play of Nigel Scantlebury who has hit 36.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.25 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Central Connecticut State this season, as they are currently ranked 439th in college basketball at 61.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Blue Devils’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.2%, placing them 234th in the NCAA.
LIU will be looking to pick up a win in today’s game vs Central Connecticut State in order to snap their current 7 game losing streak. So far this season, LIU has played 9 games at home, sitting with a record of 2-7. For the season, LIU has been the underdog in 17 games, sitting with a mark of 0-17. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Sharks being +7 point underdogs.
LIU will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Marko Maletic who is averaging 17.67 points per game for the Sharks. Maletic is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Sharks’ offensive game plan is the play of Jacob Johnson who has hit 46.5% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.37 points per game.
On offense, LIU is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.8 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 19 games, they have only hit 31.3% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 40.06% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Free Spread Prediction: LIU Sharks +7
In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a home underdog. Coming into the game, the Central Connecticut State Blue Devils are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -7. However, we anticipate LIU putting up a strong fight and benefiting from playing at home and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Blue Devils as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Sharks to cover.