Liberty vs. Lipscomb - 3/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Lipscomb Bisons (16-15) at Liberty Flames (28-4)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Vines Center)
The Line: Liberty Flames -12.5 -- Over/Under: 128.5
The Lipscomb Bisons and the Liberty Flames meet in college basketball action from Vines Center on Sunday.
Coming into this Atlantic Sun Tournament matchup, Lipscomb is currently 17-15 overall. The Bisons got a win over Liberty in their final pre-tourney game, and have since dispatched FGCU and North Florida.
In the win over North Florida, Lipscomb’s leading scorer was Ahsan Asadullah with 27 points, 19 rebounds and four assists. The other huge contributor—and the only other Lipscomb player in double-figures—was Andrew Fleming with 26 points, two assists and one rebound.
Over on the Liberty side, they’re 30-4 this year. After falling to Lipscomb 77-71 in their last game prior to the tournament, Liberty has since taken out NJIT and Stetson to move on.
In the win over Stetson, Liberty’s leading scorer was Caleb Homesley with 26 points, eight rebounds and one assist. Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz managed 13 points with three rebounds and three assists there, and Darius McGhee had 11 points, six rebounds and three assists.
Liberty is 1-5 ATS in their last six home games and 3-8 ATS in their last 11 after a straight-up win. The over is 6-1 in Liberty’s last seven after an ATS loss and 5-1 in their last six games overall.
Meanwhile, Lipscomb is 5-1 ATS in their last six road games and 4-1 ATS in their last five after an ATS win. Lipscomb is 6-1 ATS in their last seven overall and the over is 3-0-1 in their last four versus a team with a winning straight-up record.
Lipscomb has had a couple of close calls in this Atlantic Sun Tournament but have emerged unscathed thus far. The Bisons took out FGCU 68-63, then bagged a thrilling win over North Florida 73-71 in the Thursday game.
Liberty has played a couple of close ones themselves: 66-62 versus Stetson and 55-49 versus NJIT. Those are some relatively low points totals for Liberty, considering they were at 71 or above in each of the last four games heading into the tournament. This should be another pretty epic battle and a coin flip cover-wise. I feel a little better about Lipscomb and the number looks pretty inviting, so why not.