Check out our free LIU vs Saint Francis U pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Loretto. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
LIU vs Saint Francis U Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 14th Betting Odds
Sharks vs Red Flash Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: LIU Sharks at Saint Francis U Red Flash
- Where: Loretto at DeGol Arena
- Date: Saturday, January 14th
- Betting Odds: LIU +11, LIUB +450 | STFPA -625 O/U 155.0
LIU will take the floor against the Red Flash with an overall record of 2-14. So far, the Sharks have played 9 games on the road, with a record of 0-9. For the season, LIU has been the underdog in 14 games, sitting with a mark of 0-14. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Sharks being +11 point underdogs.
LIU will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Marko Maletic who is averaging 17.8 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 48.2% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.25 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 16 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.
Red Flash Preview:
Saint Francis U will take the floor against the Sharks with an overall record of 6-10. So far this season, Saint Francis U has played 8 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-3. The Red Flash’s are sitting with a betting line that is -11 points in their favor. For the season, Saint Francis U has been favored to win in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 3-2.
Josh Cohen comes into today’s game as the Red Flash’s leading scorer at 21.94 points per contest. Not only has Cohen been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Saint Francis U’s top rebounder at 8.06 boards per contest. Behind Cohen, the team has benefited from the strong play of Landon Moore, who is second on the team in scoring at 12.94 points per game. Overall, he has hit 41.0% of his shots and is adding 3.12 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Saint Francis U this season, as they are currently ranked 281st in college basketball at 68.6 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 Red Flash’s 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.5%, placing them 390th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: LIU Sharks +11
The Saint Francis U Red Flash will tip off their matchup over LIU Sharks as the strong favorites to pick up the win with a point spread sitting at -11. Our analysis like’s Saint Francis U’s chances to pull home with an easy win and cover the spread. When looking at how each team likes to play, both Saint Francis U and LIU are near the NCAA average in possessions per game. We like how this scenario favors Saint Francis U, as throughout the game their superior talent should come through in an easy win. Although the Red Flash don’t have a great track record vs the spread as the betting favorite, going 2-3 (last 5), we like their chances to come home with the ATS win.