A non-conference duel featuring the Liberty Flames (6-0) and the No. 13 Florida Atlantic Owls (5-1) will take center stage on Thursday evening. The all-time series is tied 1-1 but these teams haven't squared off in over 20 years. The last game took place in 2002, as Liberty defeated FAU 84-79. Florida Atlantic has won three straight after suffering a surprise setback against Bryant on Nov. 18, while Liberty enters Thursday's matchup with an unblemished record.
Tipoff from Eleanor R. Baldwin Arena in Boca Raton, FL., is set for 6 p.m. ET. The Owls are 7.5-point favorites in the latest Liberty vs. FAU odds via SportsLine consensus, while the over/under for total points scored is 143.5. Before making any FAU vs. Liberty picks, be sure to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
The model simulates every Division I college basketball game 10,000 times. It enters Week 4 of the 2023-24 season on a 94-61 roll on all top-rated college basketball picks dating back to last season, returning more than $1,800 for $100 players. It is also off to an 8-2 roll on top-rated spread picks this season. Anyone following has seen huge returns.
Now, the model has set its sights on Liberty vs. FAU and revealed its CBB picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine to see the picks. Here are several college basketball odds and trends for FAU vs. Liberty:
- Liberty vs. FAU spread: Owls -7.5
- Liberty vs. FAU over/under: 143.5 points
- Liberty vs. FAU money line: Owls -345, Flames +268
- FAU: Florida Atlantic has hit the 1H money line in 30 of its last 38 games
- LIB: Liberty is 5-0 ATS in its last five games
- Liberty vs. FAU picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why Florida Atlantic can cover
Junior guard Johnell Davis is an agile ball handler who can score in a variety of ways. Davis has been a confident jump shooter but owns the swiftness to evade contact in the paint. The Indiana native logs 13.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest. He's made at least two 3-pointers in four consecutive games. On Nov. 24 against Texas A&M, Davis had 26 points and went 6-of-9 from deep.
Senior guard Bryan Greenlee supplies the Owls with another scorer in the backcourt. Greenlee plays exceptional defense and uses his lateral quickness to stay in front of ball handlers. The Florida native averages 8.5 points and 4.0 assists per game. He's finished in double figures in three straight contests. In the win over Virginia Tech, Greenlee had 10 points, five rebounds, and four assists. See which team to pick here.
Why Liberty can cover
Senior guard Kyle Rode is a smooth three-level scorer. Rode's range is superb and owns solid court vision to find his teammates. The Kentucky native averages 16.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, and three assists per game. Additionally, he shoots 48% from 3-point land on 6.8 attempts. On Nov. 17 versus Wichita State, Rode dropped 31 points, four assists, and shot 7-of-12 from downtown.
Junior guard Brody Peebles uses his quickness and speed to get past defenders with ease. Peebles owns a reliable jumper on the perimeter, shooting 43% from 3-point land. The Alabama native is averaging 14.7 points and 3.2 rebounds per game. He's finished with at least 15 points in three games this season. In his previous game, Peebles notched 15 points and three boards. See which team to pick here.
How to make FAU vs. Liberty picks
SportsLine's model is leaning Over the total, projecting 148 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in 70% of simulations. You can only see the model's picks at SportsLine.
So who wins Liberty vs. FAU, and which side of the spread hits 70% of the time? Visit SportsLine now to see which side of the spread you need to jump on, all from the model that is up over $1,800 since last season, and find out.