Betting on today’s Sharks and Blue Devils game? Catch the action at William H. Detrick Gymnasium in New Britain, CT, as the Blue Devils hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 142 points, and Central Connecticut State is favored by -12.5 to win at home against LIU.

LIU SHARKS VS CENTRAL CONNECTICUT STATE BLUE DEVILS BETTING PICK

The Pick: LIU Sharks +12.5

This game will be played at William H. Detrick Gymnasium at 7:00 ET on Thursday, February 29th.

WHY BET THE LIU SHARKS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Blue Devils.
  • Even though we have Central Connecticut State winning straight-up, we like LIU at +12.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 142 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Will the LIU Defense Show Up on the Road?

LIU Brooklyn has struggled on the road this season, posting a 2-15 record away from home. Over their last 10 games on the road, the Sharks have gone 1-9. They have lost their last six games on the road, and their average margin of defeat is 15.8 points per game.

Overall, LIU Brooklyn has gone 7-20 this season, including a 6-9 record in Northeast Conference play. They are coming off a 72-57 loss to Wagner, and their record as an underdog this season is 5-20.

As the underdog this season, LIU has gone 13-12 vs. the spread. On the road, their ATS mark is 8-9, and over their last 10 games as the underdog, they are 5-5.

So far this season, the over/under record for LIU Brooklyn is 9-17-1. The average scoring total in their games this year is 143.6 points, which is lower than the average over/under line in their games of 145.6 points. Today’s over/under line of 142 points is lower than the average scoring total in their last three games of 140 points and the average scoring total in their last five games of 143 points. This year, 13 of their games have finished with more points than today’s over/under line.

Coming off their recent game, the LIU offense tallied 57 points in a matchup against Wagner. Their field goal percentage for the game was 33.3%, and they made 1 three. In terms of offense, the Sharks have a season-long field goal percentage of 41%, putting them 350th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 359th in percentage and 333rd in three-pointers made.

Facing Central Connecticut State, LIU aims for a better defensive performance, given their current average of 76.9 points allowed per game (277th). Against Wagner in their most recent game, the LIU defense gave up a total of 72 points while allowing Wagner to hit 45% of their shots.

Do the Blue Devils Have a Shot at a Home Win?

Central Connecticut State has been solid at home this season, going 5-3. Over their last 10 games at home, they have gone 7-3. This season, they have been favored in 11 games, going 8-3.

Currently, Central Connecticut State is on a two-game win streak, and they are coming off a 68-67 win over Sacred Heart. Through 27 games, they have gone 17-10.

As the favorite, Central Connecticut State has gone 7-4 vs. the spread this season and 16-7-1 overall. Their ATS record at home is just 4-4 and they are 2-1 ATS in their last three home games. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Blue Devils are 6-4 vs. the spread.

On the season, the over/under record for Central Connecticut State games is 11-13, and today’s line of 142 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (139.9). Over their last three games, their games have averaged 137 points compared to their season average of 139.2. So far, 13 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line.

The Central Connecticut State offense is coming off a game in which they scored 68 points vs. Sacred Heart. Overall their field goal percentage was 38.3% while connecting on 6 threes. Coming into the game, the Blue Devils offense has strugled with their outside shot this season, hitting threes at a rate of just 31%. On average, they get up 20.9 three-point attempts per game and are averaging 13.2 made free-throws.

So far, the Blue Devils’ defense is ranked 49th in the country at 66.7 points per contest. So far, the Central Connecticut State defense is giving up an average of 8.3 offensive rebounds per game and are turning teams over 11 times per game (497th).