The Stetson Hatters and the Liberty Flames meet Thursday in college basketball action from Liberty Arena. Stetson comes into this one at 11-8 overall. The Hatters beat Jacksonville State in their last game on Saturday. As for Liberty, they’re 16-5 this season and coming off a Saturday win over North Florida. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Stetson kicked off the year on a 9-6 run with losses to Niagara, Campbell, Florida, Charleston, Ohio and UCF. The Hatters are 2-2 in their last four games with losses to Eastern Kentucky and Kennesaw State alongside wins over Bellarmine and JSU.
In the Jacksonville State matchup on Saturday, the Hatters took a 54-43 edge into the break. Stetson was outscored 38-33 from there but still won 87-81. Jalen Blackmon was tops in scoring with 25 points.
Over on the Liberty side, they lost just four of their first 16 games to Alabama, Southern Miss, Northwestern and Oral Roberts. The Flames are 4-1 over their last five, beating North Alabama, Central AR, Jacksonville and North Florida.
Matched up against North Florida on Saturday, the Flames trailed 37-35 going into the second half. Liberty hit a 38-25 run from there and took the comeback 73-62. Shiloh Robinson doubled up with 17 points and 10 rebounds, and Blake Preston added 17 points as well.
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’m going to stick with Liberty. The Flames are looking good during this four-game win streak. They’ve taken each game by double-digits and have scored 72 or more points in three of the four. Liberty is a pretty good offensive team overall and they should match up well here. As for Stetson, they’re on a 6-2 run themselves, scoring 68 or more points in all eight of those outings. I like this one to be a fairly high-scoring finish, with Liberty ultimately powering out the cover. Should be a fun one to watch.