Check out our free Sacred Heart 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.

Sacred Heart vs LIU Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 31st Betting Odds

Pioneers vs Sharks Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Sacred Heart Pioneers at LIU Sharks
  • Where: Brooklyn at Steinberg Wellness Center
  • Date: Saturday, December 31st
  • Betting Odds: Sacred Heart -6, SACRED -265 | LIUB +208 O/U 150.0

Pioneers Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs LIU, the Sacred Heart Pioneers will be taking the floor for the 16th time this season and have an overall record of 6-9. So far, the Pioneers have played 9 games on the road, with a record of 3-6. This season, Sacred Heart has been favored to win in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 3-2. For today’s contest, Sacred Heart have a betting line set -6 points in their favor.

Sacred Heart’s leading scorer this season is Nico Galette who is averaging 15.87 points per contest. So far, Galette has accounted for 22.31% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 6.87 rebounds per game and 1.73 assists. Raheem Solomon is the second leading scorer for the Pioneers, averaging 12.2 points per game. Between him and Solomon, they are accounting for 39.5% of the team’s scoring.

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Offensive production has been hard to come by for Sacred Heart this season, as they are currently ranked 157th in college basketball at 72.7 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Pioneers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.3%, placing them 226th in the NCAA.

Sharks Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Sacred Heart, the LIU Sharks will be taking the floor for the 14th time this season and have an overall record of 2-11. Currently, the Sharks have been the home team 6 times, sitting with a record of 2-4. So far, the Sharks have been the underdog 11 times, going 0-11 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +6 underdogs on the spread.

LIU will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Marko Maletic who is averaging 17.58 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 gameplan is the play of Jacob Johnson who has hit 47.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.62 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 13 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: Sacred Heart Pioneers -6

Heading into this matchup, with the Sacred Heart Pioneers sitting as -6 point favorites, we like them to pick up the win and cover the spread. Both team’s will be coming into the game looking to get up shots from outside, as Sacred Heart and LIU are averaging 8.07 and 7.93 made 3’s per game, respectively. One trend that we feel strongly about is the fact that Sacred Heart has historically performed well against the spread on the road, going 5-4 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Pioneers to cover at -6.

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