Marshall Thundering Herd vs. Florida Atlantic Owls - 2/1/14
Florida Atlantic Owls (7-14) at Marshall Thundering Herd (8-14)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 12:00 pm (Cam Henderson Center)
The Line: Marshall Thundering Herd -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Florida Atlantic will play its third straight road game when it travels to play the Marshall Thundering Herd on Saturday afternoon. The Owls are losers in three of their last four and the Thundering Herd aren’t much better with losses in five of their last seven.
The team from South Florida is proving more and more that the win over Harvard was nothing but a fluke. It received a beat down from Florida International and simply fell apart in the game against Charlotte. The good news is that the defense has remained consistent, as the Owls are holding teams to 37.2 percent shooting in their last five games. Even a solid 49ers team that shoots the ball well was held to 33.3 percent from the field.
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Scoring a lot of points is what Marshall likes to do, as it is averaging 77.9 per game this season. However, that hasn’t been the case as of late considering Marshall has been held to 65 or less points in three of its last six games. Defensively, the team is allowing teams to shoot a concerning 46.4 percent from the field in its last five games.
Neither team is great against the spread this season with Florida Atlantic 8-8 and Marshall 6-10. But the Owls are 7-1 against the spread in their last eight following an against the spread loss. They also play much better defense and should be able to take advantage of a Marshall defense that allows everybody to score.
Getting points is a gift from the odds makers, as I think Florida Atlantic can win this game SU.
Take FAU with high confidence.