The Liberty Flames (2-0) will be at home in the Vines Center when they challenge the South Carolina State Bulldogs (1-1). Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, November 12, 2019.
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In the Bulldogs’ last outing, they defeated the Bob Jones University Bruins, 79-64. Zach Sellers led South Carolina State in scoring with 15 points on 5-for-6 shooting. South Carolina State dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.346 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 37.9. For those same stats, Bob Jones University was 0.043 and 26.7, respectively.
The Flames will look to keep it rolling after topping the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks in their last matchup, 66-55. Liberty received a boost from Scottie James, who was the game’s leading scorer with 22 points on 10-for-13 shooting. The Flames had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.600 vs. 0.469) and had a better offensive rebounding percentage (28.6 vs. 25.8).
Liberty could dominate on the offensive side of the ball as their productive offense squares off against one of the worst defenses in the country. The Flames rank 16th in offensive efficiency, while South Carolina State ranks 327th in defensive efficiency since the 2018-19 season. Furthermore, the Bulldogs have been among the NCAA’s best on the offensive backboards, ranking 60th in offensive rebounding percentage (32.3 percent). The Flames, however, rank 54th in defensive rebounding percentage (74.8 percent).
The Flames won the lone game against the Bulldogs last season, 79-55. Liberty had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.690 vs. 0.431). South Carolina State, on the other hand, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (25.0 vs. 20.8).
South Carolina State Bulldogs at Liberty Flames Betting Prediction
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Liberty, ATS Winner – South Carolina State, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
The Flames rank 157th in steals per game (6.2) while the Bulldogs rank 264th (4.7).
Liberty ranks 10th in rebounds allowed per game (30.7) while South Carolina State ranks 66th (32.9).
Liberty ranks 84th in three pointers attempted per game (24.2) while South Carolina State ranks 314th (17.3).
The Flames rank 68th in assists per game (14.7) while the Bulldogs rank 285th (11.0).
Liberty ranks 41st in blocks allowed per game (2.6) while South Carolina State ranks 149th (3.4).