Money Line: -164.00 Liberty (Home)
The Shockers were just .500 in the American Athletic last season, and the majority of their starting lineup has moved on. New recruits and incoming transfers offer little reason for optimism as far as being a contender in their conference this season, and they may be overmatched here in a tough non-conference game. Liberty won 27 games last year, finishing second in Conference USA. They bring back all but one starter, as well as a few quality transfers giving them a ton of experience. They did knock Villanova out of the NIT last year, and lost a close game to Wisconsin after that. The Flames should be on another level than Wichita.