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Long Island Blackbirds face Quinnipiac Bobcats: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Long Island BlackbirdsQuinnipiac Bobcats
Jan 5, 3:00 PM | TD Bank Sports Center

Long Island Blackbirds vs Quinnipiac Bobcats Odds

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College hoops betting interest focuses on the Quinnipiac vs Long Island battle Saturday at TD Bank Sports Center as the Bobcats look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Bobcats bring a 7-6 record (1-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 5-8 Blackbirds, who are 0-0 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Quinnipiac go 0-0 so far and the Blackbirds go 0-0.

View Long Island vs Quinnipiac Odds and Stats.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Bobcats at No. 207 and the Blackbirds at No. 293 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 71-69 result in favor of the Blackbirds.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Quinnipiac has the nation's No. 217-rated offensive output, at 65.9 PPG. The visiting Blackbirds defense ranks No. 340 allowing on average 78.5 PPG. The Bobcats FG% has averaged 40.3% so far, less than the Blackbirds marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.2% per game.

Defensively, Long Island features the nation's No. 345-rated defense on the road, allowing 86.2 points per game. Quinnipiac, meanwhile, comes in at No. 325 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Long Island was a 77-73 loser on the road against Sacred Heart. The Blackbirds endured a 77-73 loss at the hands of the Pioneers on Thursday, despite a 20-point effort from Booker Hucks at Pitt Center.

Last time out for Quinnipiac, they were a 63-61 loser as they battled St. Francis NY at home. The Bobcats got 13 points from Zaid Hearst, but it was St. Francis NY that prevailed in a 63-61 final on Thursday at TD Bank Sports Center.

Next up:
Long Island home to Wagner, Thursday, January 10
Quinnipiac at Bryant, Thursday, January 10