Marist Red Foxes (2-4) at LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds (4-3)
College Basketball: Friday, November 30, 2018 at 2:30 pm (SSE Arena Belfast)
The Line: LIU Brooklyn +2 -- Over/Under: 147 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Marist Red Foxes and LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds will face off n the Samson Bracket Championship this Friday in the Basketball Hall of Fame Classic at SSE Arena.
The Marist Red Foxes snapped their 3-game losing steak and improved to 2-4 on the season after defeating the Dartmouth Big Green, 76-58, on Thursday afternoon. Marist was solid on the offensive end against the Big Green and had no trouble securing the victory after 15-5 run to start the 2nd half gave Marist a 56-36 lead with 16:05 left in regulation. Marist shot 52.9% from the field and 44.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Red Foxes was Brian Parker who had 18 points, 4 rebounds, 6 assists, and a steal.
Coming into their game against Dartmouth, Marist was averaging 66.4 ppg on 45.2% shooting from the field. The Big Green are averaging 9.2 three-pointers per game on 40.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Marist has been led by Brian Parker (14.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.0 apg), Ryan Funk (11.6 ppg, 3.8 rpg), David Knudsen (8.6 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Isaiah Lamb (7.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.0 spg).
Defensively, Marist was allowing their opponents to average 73.4 ppg on 46.4% shooting from the field. The Red Foxes had a rebound margin of -0.4 and a turnover margin of -2.0.
The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 4-3 on the season after defeating the Albany Great Danes, 80-77, on Thursday night. LIU Brooklyn trailed by a 32-23 margin at halftime, however, was outstanding on the offensive end in the 2nd half and was able to fight back late for the come from behind victory. LIU Brooklyn shot 41.3% from the field and forced Albany into committing 26 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Blackbirds was Raiquan Clark who had 27 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, and a block.
Coming into their game against Albany, LIU Brooklyn was averaging 81.7 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Blackbirds were averaging 9.2 three-pointers per game on 29.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, LIU Brooklyn has been led by Raiquan Clark (22.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.7 spg, 1.0 bpg), Tyrn Flowers (14.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 1.7 apg), Jashaun Agosto (11.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.5 apg), and Julian Batts (8.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.3 apg, 2.8 spg).
Defensively, LIU Brooklyn was allowing their opponents to average 82.8 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Blackbirds had a rebound margin of -0.7 and a turnover margin of 0.8.
The Red Foxes are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. The Blackbirds are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400 however, just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games following an ATS win.
LIU Brooklyn returned 4 of their starters from last year’s team that won the Northeast Conference and as the Red Foxes have struggled on both ends of the court as they rank just 313th in scoring offense and 298th in scoring defense, my initial thoughts is to take LIU Brooklyn to cover a small spread. Please check back once the line is released!