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LIU vs Wagner Pick & Preview: Saturday, February 11th Betting Odds
Sharks vs Seahawks Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: LIU Sharks at Wagner Seahawks
- Where: Staten Island at Spiro Sports Center
- Date: Saturday, February 11th
- Betting Odds: LIU +14.5, LIUB +837 | WAG -1626 O/U 134.0
Heading into today’s matchup vs Wagner, the LIU Sharks will be taking the floor for the 25th time this season and have an overall record of 3-21. On the road, the Sharks will be playing their 13th game of the season, having gone 1-12. So far, the Sharks have been the underdog 22 times, going 1-21 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +14.5 underdogs on the spread.
LIU will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Marko Maletic who is averaging 17.14 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 44.6% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.67 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 24 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.
Heading into today’s matchup vs LIU, the Wagner Seahawks will be taking the floor for the 23rd time this season and have an overall record of 12-10. Currently, the Seahawks have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 6-3. The Seahawks’ are sitting with a betting line that is -14.5 points in their favor. For the season, Wagner has been favored to win in 10 games, sitting with a mark of 6-4.
Wagner’s leading scorer this season is DeLonnie Hunt, who is averaging 11.45 points per contest. So far, Hunt has accounted for 17.67% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.36 rebounds per game and 3.05 assists. Brandon Brown is the second leading scorer for the Seahawks, averaging 9.73 points per game. Between him and Brown, they are accounting for 32.7% of the team’s scoring.
On offense, Wagner is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.4 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 22 games, they have only hit 27.9% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 30.72% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Free Spread Prediction: Wagner Seahawks -14.5
Our analysis of the game between the LIU Sharks and Wagner Seahawks suggests that LIU will cover the spread as +14.5 point underdogs. We believe the spread for this matchup is set too high, providing an opportunity for LIU to cover. Even if they are behind for most of the game, the Sharks have a good chance of keeping the final score closer than expected. In these types of situations, the better team’s pace of play can be crucial in covering such a large spread. However, since both teams are close to the NCAA average in possessions per game, LIU won’t have to play an unfamiliar style of basketball. Based on our model, we recommend betting on the LIU Sharks at +14.5.