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Point spread favors Bears in battle with Flames

Liberty FlamesMorgan State Bears
Feb 18, 1:00 PM | Hill Field House

Liberty Flames vs Morgan State Bears Odds

12-16TEAM RECORD5-18

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Liberty when they take on the Bears on Saturday in college hoops betting action.

Morgan State battles the Flames, currently sitting with a 12-16 mark (0-4 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 3-1 for the Bears and 3-1 for the Flames.

View Liberty vs Morgan State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
College basketball odds makers opened the Bears as 2.5-point favorites in this matchupl.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Bears, most recently No. 228 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Flames, who rate No. 284 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 67-64 victory for the Flames.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Morgan State's No. 241-ranked scoring average of 64.9 PPG, against a Flames defense rated No. 284 and allowing 72 PPG. The Bears FG% has averaged 41.4% to date this season, less than the Flames shooters have managed so far (45.4% per game).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Liberty owns the country's No. 302-rated mark, allowing 76.2 points per game on the highway. Morgan State, on the other hand, rates No. 215 in scoring at home.

Liberty was a 78-69 winner in its last match at home against VMI. The Flames got 20 points from David Minaya as Liberty ran past VMI 78-69 on Tuesday at Vines Center.

Morgan State lost its last outing, a 74-73 result against Delaware State on February 13. Morgan State suffered a 74-73 loss against Delaware State on Monday, getting 16 points from Dewayne Jackson in a losing effort at Hill Field House.

Next up:
Liberty home to Coastal Carolina, Thursday, February 23
Morgan State at Coppin State, Wednesday, February 22