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Liberty vs Eastern Kentucky Pick & Preview: Sunday, January 8th Betting Odds

Flames vs Colonels Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Liberty Flames at Eastern Kentucky Colonels
  • Where: Richmond at McBrayer Arena
  • Date: Sunday, January 8th
  • Betting Odds: Liberty -8, LIBRTY -386 | EKENT +291 O/U 139.0

Flames Preview:

The Liberty will take the floor in today’s game in the middle of a 6 game win streak and have an overall record of 12-4. On the road, the Flames will be playing their 4th game of the season, having gone 1-3. So far, the Flames have been favored 10 times, going 9-1 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Liberty as -8 point favorites.

Liberty will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Darius McGhee who is averaging 22.0 points per game for the Flames. McGhee 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 Flames’ offensive game plan is the play of Brody Peebles who has hit 55.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.06 points per game.

Coming into the game, Liberty is averaging 73.4, which is 133rd in the college basketball. A strength of the team’s offensive attack is their ability to knock down shots from deep. So far, the Flames are 60th in 3-point shooting percentage (38.2%). In terms of pace, Liberty perfers to slow the game down, averaging just 65.2 possessions per game.

Colonels Preview:

Through 16 games, the Eastern Kentucky Colonels have an overall record of 9-7. So far this season, Eastern Kentucky has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 6-1. For the season, Eastern Kentucky has been the underdog in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 3-6. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Colonels being +8 point underdogs.

Eastern Kentucky’s leading scorer this season is Devontae Blanton, who is averaging 16.19 points per contest. So far, Blanton has accounted for 20.03% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 6.12 rebounds per game and 2.69 assists. Michael Moreno is the second leading scorer for the Colonels, averaging 13.0 points per game. Between him and Moreno, they are accounting for 36.1% of the team’s scoring.

Eastern Kentucky comes into today’s matchup vs Liberty, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 79.3 points per game. Through 16 games, they have hit 41.8% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Colonels have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 234th in possessions per game.

Free Spread Prediction: Liberty Flames -8

For this showdown between the Liberty Flames and Eastern Kentucky Colonels, our analysis points to 3-point shooting being a key factor in the outcome of this game. Both team’s come into the game with above average numbers in made 3’s per game. So far, Liberty and Eastern Kentucky are 50th and 23rd in that department, respectively. After crunching the numbers, we anticipate Liberty continuing to shoot the ball well. For the season, they have hit 38.2% of their looks from deep. With a point spread sitting at -8 in favor of Liberty, we like them to not only win but cover the spread.


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