The battle between the Towson Tigers (5-5) and the Liberty Flames (12-0) will be played at Entertainment & Sports Arena. Action begins at 5 p.m. ET on Friday, December 20, 2019.
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The Flames defeated the Vanderbilt Commodores in their last contest, 61-56. Myo Baxter-Bell was Liberty’s leading scorer with 18 points on 5-for-8 shooting. The Flames held the Commodores to an offensive rebounding percentage of 13.9 (below their season average of 31.6) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.422 (below their season average of 0.570).
In the Tigers’ last outing, they topped the UMBC Retrievers, 77-71. Towson received a boost from Brian Fobbs, who was the top scorer from either team with 33 points on 9-for-16 shooting. Towson played a nearly perfect game. They had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 38.7 (above their season average of 33.7) and a free throw rate of 0.315 (above their season average of 0.214). For those same stats, UMBC recorded marks of 13.0 and 0.240, respectively.
The battle on the backboards could prove decisive, pitting strength against strength. The Tigers are among the NCAA’s elite on the offensive glass, ranking 45th in offensive rebounding percentage at 34.2 percent. Meanwhile, Liberty ranks 11th in the NCAA at corralling defensive rebounds with a defensive rebounding percentage of 78.0 percent. Also, the Flames rank third in opponents’ effective field goal percentage (0.391), while the Tigers rank 283rd in effective field goal percentage (0.473).
Liberty vs. Towson Betting Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Towson, ATS Winner – Towson, O/U – Under
The Tigers are 11th in the nation with 4.4 steals allowed per game while the Flames are 22nd with 5.1 steals allowed per game.
Liberty ranks 140th in three pointers attempted per game (21.8) while Towson ranks 150th in three pointers allowed per game (22.8).
Liberty ranks 13th in blocks allowed per game (2.1) while Towson ranks 106th (3.7).
The Flames rank second in assists allowed per game (7.0) while the Tigers rank 71st (11.5).
Liberty ranks 20th in rebounds allowed per game (30.3) while Towson ranks 81st (33.4).
The Tigers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.6, down from 6.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Flames have scored an average of 73.6 points per game (2.2 above their season average) and allowed an average of 47.2 points per game (3.0 below their season average).