Blackbirds open as college hoops underdog vs Seahawks
Long Island Blackbirds vs Wagner Seahawks Odds
Spiro Sports Center will host Wagner Seahawks vs. Long Island Blackbirds action on Sunday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.
The Seahawks sit at 15-11 (1-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Blackbirds are currently 15-12 (0-0 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Wagner is 0-1 OU, and Long Island is 0-0 OU.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Wagner sat as 4.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 267-rated Long Island taking on the No. 151-rated Seahawks in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 73-72 win for the Blackbirds on Sunday.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Wagner has the nation's No. 196-rated offensive output, at 66.8 PPG. The visiting Blackbirds defense ranks No. 330 allowing on average 75.3 PPG. The Seahawks FG% has averaged 43.3% so far, less than the Blackbirds marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.2% per game.
Defensively, Long Island features the nation's No. 345-rated defense on the road, allowing 81.1 points per game. Wagner, meanwhile, comes in at No. 157 nationally in scoring at home.
Long Island was an 83-71 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Mount St. Mary's. E.J. Reed scored 25 points for Long Island on Thursday, but the Mountaineers managed an 83-71 victory over the Blackbirds at Knott Arena.
Wagner was a 76-75 loser in their most recent outing on the road against St. Francis NY. Wagner suffered a 76-75 loss against St. Francis NY on Thursday, getting 16 points from Jonathon Williams in a losing effort at Pope Center.
Long Island home to Sacred Heart, Thursday, February 28
Wagner at Fairleigh Dickinson, Thursday, February 28