Florida International Golden Panthers vs. North Texas Mean Green - 2/20/14
North Texas Mean Green (12-13) at Florida International Golden Panthers (13-13)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:00 pm (U.S. Century Bank Arena)
The Line: Florida International Golden Panthers -3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Florida International Panthers will host the North Texas Mean Green in a matchup where both teams could desperately use a victory.
The Mean Green have lost five of their last six games, but are coming off a 53-51 victory over East Carolina. Still, in their last five games, they’re averaging just 64.6 points on 39.7 percent shooting, while allowing 76.4 points on 46.9 percent shooting. Neither side of the ball is playing well and they’re even averaging close to eight less rebounds than their season average of 37.9. They average 72.1 points and allow 78.3 points on the road. They are 8-9-1 ATS overall and 7-4 ATS on the road.
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The Panthers have lost three of their last five games and continue to be as inconsistent as ever. During those five contests, they’re averaging 71.6 points and allowing teams to score 74.4 points. Opponents are shooting a ridiculous 47.3 percent from the field during those games. However, their defense tends to tighten up a bit at home, as they hold teams to 65.6 points and 41.5 percent shooting. They are 9-9 ATS overall and 5-2 ATS on their home court.
You have a better chance of letting a coin flip decide this game. Neither team has played with any consistency throughout the year and you aren’t sure which team is going to show up for either side. However, the Panthers have won three of their last four home games and are 8-4 SU on their home court, while the Mean Green are only 3-6 SU on the road.
The Panthers are also 9-1 ATS in their last 10 home games against teams with a losing road record.
FIU plays solid defense on its home court, and that should be good enough to cover the small chalk.