Liberty vs. Stetson - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Stetson Hatters (16-16) at Liberty Flames (27-4)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Vines Center)
The Line: Liberty Flames -16.5 -- Over/Under: 123
The Stetson Hatters and the Liberty Flames meet in college basketball action from Vines Center on Thursday.
Stetson is sitting at 16-16 overall this season. After a four-game losing streak coming into the Atlantic Sun Tournament, Stetson took out North Alabama 82-72 Tuesday to move on.
In the win over North Alabama, Stetson’s Kenny Aninye led the team on 21 points, two rebounds and two assists. Mahamadou Diawara added 14 points, seven rebounds and two assists there, and Rob Perry had 13 points, five rebounds and three assists.
Over on the Liberty side, they’re 28-4 overall on the year. Liberty had an eight-game winning streak going before falling to Lipscomb, but followed that up with a win over NJIT in the first round of the Atlantic Sun Tournament.
In the win over NJIT, Liberty’s Caleb Homesley put up 14 points and nine rebounds. Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz added 13 points, five rebounds and two assists, and Scottie James doubled up on 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Liberty is 2-6 ATS in their last eight Thursday games and 1-4 ATS in their last five home games. Liberty is 4-9 ATS in their last 13 overall and the over is 4-1 in the last five overall.
Meanwhile, Stetson is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last five overall. The over is 4-1 in Stetson’s last five overall and 5-1 in their last six road games.
Stetson ended off the regular season with a pretty tepid offensive run, posting less than 70 points in four of five games. The 82 points in the first round of the Atlantic Sun Tournament was a great start however, and Stetson got a balanced output from a lot of different guys there.
As for Liberty, their first-round win wasn’t quite as convincing, as the Flames had 71 points or more in four straight before posting just 55 versus NJIT. Even so, I think the Flames are probably still the better option here. I’m going Liberty. Realistically they're just a far better team and shouldn't have a ton of trouble asserting themselves in this one.