Northeast final: LIU vs Mount St Marys
No. 5 seed Mount St. Mary’s 69-60 upset of No. 1 Robert Morris this past Saturday as an 8.5-point underdog helped set the stage for Tuesday night’s championship showdown against No. 3 LIU Brooklyn, which knocked-off No. 2 Wagner 94-82 as a six-point underdog in Saturday’s other semifinal game.
This was the Mountaineers second upset of this tournament after ousting Bryant by six points as 3.5-point underdogs. The Blackbirds eliminated Quinnipiac 91-83 in their first round game as 2.5-point favorites.
These two all ready met twice this season with each winning SU at home.
The Blackbirds bring a 19-13 record (3-0 ATS) to this tilt against the 18-13 Mountaineers, who are 2-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Long Island go 3-0 so far and the Mountaineers go 0-2-1.
Bettors looking to go with the Blackbirds in this one found them listed as 3-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Monday's contest. Check for updates at Bovada as money coming in on the Mountaineers was expected to move the line.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 267-ranked Blackbirds and the No. 311-rated Mountaineers in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 77-73 win for the Blackbirds on Tuesday.
How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Mountaineers rank No. 337 in NCAA Division 1 with 29.2 per game. That compares with Long Island’s No. 139 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where Long Island is college basketball's No. 58-ranked team at 7.4 per game, while the Mountaineers rate No. 10 with 8.5 per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Mount St. Mary's owns the country's No. 267-rated mark, allowing 73.2 points per game on the highway. Long Island, on the other hand, rates No. 28 in scoring at home.
Mount St. Mary's was a 69-60 winner in its last match on the road against Robert Morris. They covered the 8.5-point spread as underdogs. Rashad Whack scored 26 points for Mount St. Mary's on Saturday, leading the Mountaineers to a 69-60 win over Robert Morris at Sewall Center.
Long Island was a 94-82 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Wagner. They covered the 6-point spread as underdogs. Long Island got 23 points from C.J. Garner en route to a 94-82 victory over Wagner on Saturday at Spiro Sports Center.