Big South Tournament - Liberty Flames vs Panthers College Hoops Game Preview
Liberty Flames vs High Point Panthers Odds
The High Point Panthers host Liberty on Thursday, looking to build on their 17-12 mark against the 12-20 Flames in college hoops action at HTC Center.
It's a game in the Big South Tournament, which will decide the conference title, not to mention deciding which teams make the Field of 68. This game is being played at a neutral-site court (HTC Center).
Supporters of the Flames have watched them go 12-20 and 2-3 ATS on the year, while the Panthers are at 17-12 and 0-3 ATS. In totals betting, the Panthers are 2-1, while the Flames have a 2-0 mark.
Bettors looking to go with the Panthers in this one found them listed as 3.5-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Monday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Flames was expected to move the line.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 108-ranked Panthers and the No. 190-rated Flames in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 75-68 win for the Panthers on Thursday.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits High Point's No. 69-ranked offense, averaging 72.1 PPG, against a Flames defense that ranks No. 261 at 70.2 PPG. The Panthers field goal percentage has averaged 45.4% so far, more than the Flames marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.6% per game.
Defensively, Liberty features the nation's No. 231-rated defense on the road, allowing 72 points per game. High Point, meanwhile, comes in at No. 65 nationally in scoring at home.
Liberty won its last outing, a 78-61 result against Coastal Carolina on March 5. They covered in that game as a 9.5-point underdog. Davon Marshall went off for 28 points and added 6 rebounds, leading Liberty over Coastal Carolina, 78-61, on Tuesday at HTC Center.
Last time out for High Point, they were a 63-62 winner as they battled Campbell at home. High Point got 19 points from Allan Chaney en route to a 63-62 victory over Campbell on Saturday at Millis Center.