Radford vs. LIU Brooklyn - 3/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds (18-16) at Radford Highlanders (22-12)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 6:30 pm (University of Dayton Arena)
The Line: Radford Highlanders -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Long Island Brooklyn Blackbirds take the hardwood with the Radford Highlanders in a First Four matchup of the NCAA college basketball tournament.
The Radford Highlanders received an automatic invitation to the NCAA tournament by winning the Big South playoffs with a 55-52 decision versus the Liberty Flames to bring their overall record to 22-12. Radford finished second in the conference at 12-6 and are on a seven game winning streak.
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The defensive minded Highlanders outscored the opposition 67.4-64.4 with a pair of DD scorers with Ed Polite Jr. topping the team with 13.5 points an 7.7 rebounds with Carlik Jones adding 11.8 points. Radford generally went eight players deep and need contributions from each to succeed.
The number four seed Long Island Brooklyn Blackbirds upset top ranked Wagner 71-61 to get the automatic bid in the NEC and enter the Big Dance as a First Four squad. Long Island Brooklyn finish the season at 18-16 with five straight wins under their belt. The Blackbirds forte’ was scoring the basketball as they outscore opponents 77.5-75.6.
Long Island Brooklyn had plenty of firepower with Joel Hernandez leading the way with 20.1 points and 5.9 boards followed by Raiquan Clark with a 17.4 point average and 7.1 rebounds. Jasquan Agosto and Julian Batts combined for nearly 22 points and eight boards so this offense had options.
Radford are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 non-conference games and Radford are 3-8 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games. LIU Brooklyn are 2-6 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games and LIU Brooklyn are 0-6 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games.
This is an interesting First Four matchup with the Blackbirds doing plenty of damage on the scoreboard while the Highlanders prefer the half court and don’t have offensive firepower for shootouts. I think Radford will win because they will control the pace but LIU Brooklyn makes enough shots to cover...