Check out our free Liberty vs Lipscomb pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Nashville. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Liberty vs Lipscomb Pick & Preview: Saturday, February 4th Betting Odds
Flames vs Bisons Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Liberty Flames at Lipscomb Bisons
- Where: Nashville at Allen Arena
- Date: Saturday, February 4th
- Betting Odds: Liberty -7.5, LIBRTY -341 | LIPSC +268 O/U 135.0
Liberty will take the floor against the Bisons with an overall record of 19-5. So far, the Flames have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 4-4. This season, Liberty has been favored to win in 18 games, sitting with a mark of 16-2. For today’s contest, Liberty has a betting line set -7.5 points in their favor.
Liberty will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Darius McGhee who is averaging 20.88 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 Kyle Rode who has hit 44.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.25 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.
The Lipscomb Bisons head into today’s game in what will be their 25th game of the season, posting a record of 14-10. Currently, the Bisons have been the home team 12 times, sitting with a record of 11-1. So far, the Bisons have been the underdog 10 times, going 4-6 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +7.5 underdogs on the spread.
Lipscomb’s leading scorer this season is Jacob Ognacevic, who is averaging 16.12 points per contest. So far, Ognacevic has accounted for 21.61% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.0 rebounds per game and 0.54 assists. Derrin Boyd is the second leading scorer for the Bisons, averaging 9.42 points per game. Between him and Boyd, they are accounting for 34.2% of the team’s scoring.
On offense, Lipscomb is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.0 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 24 games, they have only hit 34.4% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 41.72% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Free Spread Prediction: Liberty Flames -7.5
For this showdown between the Liberty Flames and Lipscomb Bisons, 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 Lipscomb are 50th and 201st 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 -7.5 in favor of Liberty, we like them to not only win but cover the spread.