NCAA Basketball Betting Preview: Blackbirds vs. Highlanders

NCAA Basketball Betting Preview: Blackbirds vs. Highlanders

Written by on March 12, 2018

In the first of four play-in games in the NCAA Tournament – the LIU-Brooklyn Blackbirds will take on the Radford Highlanders. This is in the East Region, with the winner taking on the constant NCAA Basketball Betting favorite Villanova Wildcats in the first round. Radford comes into the game with a 22-12 record and were winners of the Big South Conference. The Blackbirds are 18-16 and finished 4th in the regular season of the NEC. In the NEC conference tournament, LIU-Brooklyn took down Wagner to win the title. Radford comes into this game as the NCAAB Betting favorite. Radford is listed at -4 over LIU-Brooklyn in Dayton on Tuesday.

NCAA Basketball Betting Preview: Blackbirds vs. Highlanders

Blackbirds are Underdogs

The LIU Brooklyn Blackbirds started the season 2-6 with notable losses at Tulane, Fordham, and Brown. The Blackbirds went into conference play with a 5-8 record. The Blackbirds scored nearly 78 points per game and allowed teams to score just shy of 77 per game. They ranked as the 284th best defensive team in the nation. On the offensive side, the Blackbirds saw Joel Hernandez as their leading scorer. He scored nearly 21 points per game, and also ripped down just shy of 6 assists per game. Raiquan Clark, Jashaun Agosto, and Julian Batts combined for more than 39 per game and were among four players scoring double figures for the Blackbirds. LIU-Brooklyn has never won an NCAA Tournament game in 6 tries.

Radford Looking to Win 1st Big Dance Game

For Radford, they finished runner-up to UNC Asheville in the regular season. In the conference tournament, the Highlanders beat Liberty in the title game for their 7th straight win. The NCAA trip is the 3rd in school history. They are 0-2 in their previous Big Dance games. Radford should be your NCAA Basketball Betting Pick for this contest. The leading scorer for Radford this season has been Ed Polite Jr, with 13.5 points per game. He is just one of two guys scoring double digits per game for the Highlanders. The other is Carlik Jones with 11.8 per game. In non-conference action, Radford lost by 10 at Ohio State, 12 at Vanderbilt, 27 at Virginia Tech and 15 at Nevada.

Radford Tops LIU-Brooklyn

Radford is the more battle-tested team here. The Highlanders saw some good teams in the non-conference schedule, and the Big South is better overall than the NEC. Radford is sky high right now after their conference tournament win and would love an opportunity to take on the 2016 champions in Villanova. Look for Radford to win this game. While it stays close for a while, the outside shooting of the Highlanders is the key to the game, as they beat the Blackbirds. Betting the Radford Highlanders -4 over the LIU-Brooklyn Blackbirds is the bet to make in this game.