Sacred Heart Pioneers vs Long Island Blackbirds Odds
Sacred Heart travels to Long Island on Thursday, hoping to boost its 9-18 record with a victory over the Blackbirds.
The Blackbirds bring a 15-13 record (1-0 ATS) to this tilt against the 9-18 Pioneers, who are 0-0 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Long Island go 1-0 so far and the Pioneers go 0-0.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 267-rated Blackbirds and the No. 278-ranked Pioneers, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 77-69 result in favor of the Blackbirds.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Long Island's No. 12-ranked offense, averaging 77.9 PPG, against a Pioneers defense that ranks No. 335 at 75.9 PPG. The Blackbirds field goal percentage has averaged 47.3% so far, more than the Pioneers marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.7% per game.
Defensively, Sacred Heart features the nation's No. 324-rated defense on the road, allowing 77.5 points per game. Long Island, meanwhile, comes in at No. 49 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Sacred Heart was an 84-68 loser on the road against Bryant. Shane Gibson was dynamite, scoring 30 points and adding 6 rebounds but Bryant still won, 84-68, over Sacred Heart on Monday at Chace Athletic Center.
Long Island lost its last outing, a 94-92 result against Wagner on February 24. They covered in that game as a 5-point underdog. C.J. Garner scored 22 points in a futile effort to lead the Blackbirds to a win (they lost 94-92 to Wagner at Spiro Sports Center on Sunday).
Sacred Heart at St. Francis NY, Saturday, March 2
Long Island at Quinnipiac, Saturday, March 2