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Big South Tournament - Gardner-Webb Bulldogs vs Liberty Flames Preview

Liberty FlamesGardner-Webb Bulldogs
March 9, 2:30 PM | HTC Center

Liberty Flames vs Gardner-Webb Bulldogs Odds

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The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Gardner-Webb and Liberty on Saturday, with the host Bulldogs trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

This is a conference playoff game in the Big South Tournament. This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at HTC Center.

Gardner-Webb battles the Flames, currently sitting with a 13-20 mark (3-3 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 0-3 for the Bulldogs and 2-1 for the Flames.

View Liberty vs Gardner-Webb Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Bulldogs as 7.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Bulldogs, most recently No. 136 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Flames, who rate No. 190 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 72-65 victory for the Bulldogs.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Gardner-Webb's No. 214-ranked offense, averaging 66 PPG, against a Flames defense that ranks No. 257 at 69.9 PPG. The Bulldogs field goal percentage has averaged 42.4% so far, less than the Flames marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.6% per game.

Defensively, Liberty features the nation's No. 214-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.3 points per game. Gardner-Webb, meanwhile, comes in at No. 203 nationally in scoring at home.

Last time out for Liberty, they were a 61-60 winner as they battled High Point on the road. They covered in the match as a 4.5-point underdog. Liberty earned a 61-60 victory over High Point on Thursday, getting 17 points from Tavares Speaks at HTC Center.

Gardner-Webb was a 71-57 winner in their most recent outing at home against Campbell. They covered the 8-point spread as favorites. Gardner-Webb earned a 71-57 victory over Campbell on Thursday, getting 15 points from Tashan Newsome at HTC Center.