LIU @ Merrimack
Current Records: LIU 3-8; Merrimack 6-8
What to Know
The LIU Sharks and the Merrimack Warriors are even-steven against one another since February of last year (2-2), but not for long. LIU is on the road again Friday and plays against the Warriors at 2 p.m. ET Dec. 31 at Hammel Court. The teams split their matchups last year, with Merrimack winning the first 68-63 and LIU taking the second 78-68.
LIU was close but no cigar on Wednesday as they fell 69-65 to the Sacred Heart Pioneers.
Meanwhile, Merrimack bagged a 74-64 win over the St. Francis (N.Y.) Terriers on Wednesday.
The Sharks are expected to lose this next one by 4.5. Those playing the odds have seen things go back and forth with LIU, who are 5-5 against the spread.
LIU is now 3-8 while Merrimack sits at 6-8. A pair of offensive stats to keep an eye on: LIU has only been able to knock down 41.40% percent of their shots, which is the 50th lowest field goal percentage in college basketball. Merrimack has experienced some struggles of their own as they are 353rd worst in college basketball in points per game, with only 56.9 on average. It’s possible one of these Achilles’ heels will wind up tripping the losing team up.
How To Watch
- When: Friday at 2 p.m. ET
- Where: Hammel Court — North Andover, Massachusetts
- Follow: CBS Sports App
The Warriors are a 4.5-point favorite against the Sharks, according to the latest college basketball odds.
The line has drifted a bit towards the Warriors, as the game opened with the Warriors as a 2.5-point favorite.
Merrimack and LIU both have two wins in their last four games.
- Jan 28, 2021 – LIU 78 vs. Merrimack 68
- Jan 27, 2021 – Merrimack 68 vs. LIU 63
- Feb 08, 2020 – LIU 67 vs. Merrimack 64
- Feb 01, 2020 – Merrimack 70 vs. LIU 59