NEC foes will collide when the Bryant Bulldogs (9-8, 1-3 NEC) square off with the LIU Sharks (8-9, 3-1 NEC) at the Chace Athletic Center. Action begins at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 18, 2020.
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The last time the Sharks played, they won a close one over the St. Francis Brooklyn Terriers, 69-66. With 10 points and 11 rebounds, LIU’s Ty Flowers put together a solid outing. The Sharks had a better free throw rate (0.102 vs. 0.056) and held the Terriers to an effective field goal percentage of 0.437 (below their season average of 0.489).
The Bulldogs are trying to rebound after their 71-67 loss to the Merrimack Warriors in their last outing. Juan Cardenas was the game’s high scorer with 26 points on 8-for-13 shooting. Merrimack had a turnover percentage of 8.5 (better than their season average of 15.8). Bryant, on the other hand, did a great job of making free throws (16-20; 80.0 percent).
Bryant may have trouble getting to the charity stripe in this matchup. The Bulldogs currently rank 326th in the country with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.169, while LIU ranks 89th in FTA rate allowed (0.186).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Sharks won both meetings last season. In the most recent contest, LIU won 81-65. The Sharks played a nearly perfect game. They had a ridiculously low turnover percentage of 7.7 and a free throw rate of 0.234. For those same stats, the Bulldogs were 14.3 and 0.167, respectively.
LIU Sharks vs. Bryant Bulldogs Odds Prediction
Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Bryant, ATS Winner – Bryant, O/U – Over
The Bulldogs average 4.7 blocks per game, which ranks 31st in the country. The Sharks rank 96th in blocks allowed per game (3.5).
Bryant averages 7.9 steals per game, which ranks 54th in the nation. LIU ranks 73rd in steals allowed per game (6.0).
Bryant averages 38.9 rebounds per game, which ranks 59th in the NCAA. LIU ranks 277th in rebounds allowed per game (41.3).
The Bulldogs average 28.7 three pointers per game, which ranks 11th in the country. The Sharks rank 177th in three pointers allowed per game (23.1).
Bryant averages 14.6 assists per game, which ranks 70th in the nation. LIU ranks 220th in assists allowed per game (15.1).
The Bulldogs have been outscored by an average of 4.0 points in their last five games. On the season, Bryant has defeated opponents by an average of 4.0 points.
During their last five games, the Sharks have scored an average of 88.2 points per game (8.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 76.0 points per game (3.6 below their season average).