Long Island Blackbirds vs Sacred Heart Pioneers Odds
Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Thursday when the Sacred Heart Pioneers try to run the Long Island Blackbirds off the court at Pitt Center in college hoops action.
Supporters of the Blackbirds have watched them go 5-7 and 0-0 ATS on the year, while the Pioneers are at 2-9 and 0-0 ATS. In totals betting, the Pioneers are 0-0, while the Blackbirds have a 0-0 mark.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 326-ranked Pioneers and the No. 293-rated Blackbirds in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 73-61 win for the Blackbirds on Thursday.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Sacred Heart has the nation's No. 249-rated offensive output, at 64.3 PPG. The visiting Blackbirds defense ranks No. 340 allowing on average 78.6 PPG. The Pioneers FG% has averaged 41.5% so far, less than the Blackbirds marksmen have achieved on the year, 45.2% per game.
Defensively, Long Island features the nation's No. 346-rated defense on the road, allowing 87.6 points per game. Sacred Heart, meanwhile, comes in at No. 125 nationally in scoring at home.
Long Island was an 81-80 loser in its last match on the road against Lamar. Long Island suffered an 81-80 loss against Lamar on Saturday, getting 15 points from Jamal Olasewere in a losing effort at Montagne Center.
Sacred Heart lost its last outing, a 77-38 result against George Washington on December 30. Sacred Heart was run off the court by the Colonials on Sunday as George Washington routed them 77-38 at Charles E. Smith Center.
Long Island at Quinnipiac, Saturday, January 5
Sacred Heart home to St. Francis NY, Saturday, January 5