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Long Island Blackbirds vs Lamar Cardinals Odds
The visiting Long Island Blackbirds hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at Montagne Center against the Lamar Cardinals.
The Cardinals bring a 1-10 record (1-4 ATS) to this tilt against the 5-6 Blackbirds, who are 0-0 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Lamar go 0-1 so far and the Blackbirds go 0-0.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 331 (Cardinals) and the No. 284 (Blackbirds) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 71-53 result in favor of the Blackbirds has been projected by the scores prediction engine.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Blackbirds is ranked No. 222 in NCAA hoops at 34 per game. Contrast that with Lamar’s No. 183 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Lamar is the No. 348-ranked team in the country at 2.1 per game, while Long Island rates No. 100 at 6.9 per game.
Defensively, Long Island features the nation's No. 347-rated defense on the road, allowing 88.7 points per game. Lamar, meanwhile, comes in at No. 331 nationally in scoring at home.
Long Island was an 89-58 loser in its last match on the road against Seton Hall. Long Island was crushed on Saturday, getting blown out by Seton Hall and falling by an 89-58 score at Barclays Center.
In their last action, Lamar was a 75-70 loser on the road against Texas-Pan American. The Cardinals got 15 points from Donley Minor, but it was Texas-Pan American that prevailed in a 75-70 final on Saturday at UTPA Fieldhouse.
Long Island at Sacred Heart, Thursday, January 3
Lamar at Stephen F. Austin, Thursday, January 3