St. Francis-Pennsylvania vs LIU 2/17/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

St. Francis-Pennsylvania vs LIU 2/17/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds player photo
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The LIU Sharks and the St. Francis (PA) Red Flash meet in college basketball action from the DeGol Arena on Thursday night.

The LIU Sharks will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 99-88 win over Bryant last time out. Ty Flowers leads the Sharks in scoring with 20 PPG along with 7.6 RPG and 2.9 APG while Eral Penn has 16.5 PPG with 7.5 RPG. Isaac Kante’s got 11.8 PPG and 7.5 RPG to make up the trio of double-digit scorers for LIU. Tre Wood also leads the Sharks with 3.7 APG as well this season. As a team, LIU is averaging 74.4 PPG on 42.1% shooting from the field, 31.1% from three and 66.7% from the foul line while allowing 73.8 PPG on 41.7% shooting from the field and 31.9% from three this season.

The St. Francis (PA) Red Flash will hope to bounce back from a 54-52 loss to Mount St. Mary’s last time out. Ramiir Dixon-Conover leads the Red Flash in scoring and assists with 12.5 PPG and 3.4 APG while Myles Thompson has 11.5 PPG with 3.8 RPG and Roneil Giles Jr. has 11.5 PPG with 3.7 RPG this season. Josh Cohen has 11.6 PPG with a team-high 6.8 RPG to lead the Red Flash on the glass and Maxwell Land also has 10.9 PPG to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for St. Francis so far this season. As a team, Saint Francis (PA) is averaging 68.9 PPG on 42.6% shooting from the field, 32.3% from three and 65.5% from the foul line while allowing 72.8 PPG on 44.8% shooting from the field and 34.9% from three this season.

LIU is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 Thursday games. St. Francis (PA) is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss and 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games while the under is 12-3 in their last 15 games overall.

I get the case to be made either way here, but I’m leaning towards St. Francis (PA) at home here. The Sharks have had all of their recent success at home and on the road, it’s been a bit of a different story. The Red Flash haven’t been all that great either, but they’ve been in close games against a lot better as of late and I think being battle tested helps the Red Flash here so give me St. Francis (PA) here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick:St. Francis (PA) -1