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Florida Atlantic vs. Marshall - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Marshall Thundering Herd (4-13) at Florida Atlantic Owls (7-8)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 5:30 pm (FAU Arena)

The Line: Florida Atlantic Owls -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Marshall Thundering Herd and Florida Atlantic Owls play Saturday night at the FAU Arena.

The Marshall Thundering Herd have lost seven straight games and are looking for their first C-USA win. On the season, Marshall is averaging 63.4 points on 36.9 percent shooting and is allowing 71.1 points on 42.6 percent shooting. Ryan Taylor is averaging 14.1 points and 8.2 rebounds while Shawn Smith is averaging 12 points on 48.8 percent shooting. Austin Loop is the third player averaging double-digit points and Cheikh Sane is grabbing 5.8 rebounds. The Marshall Thundering Herd have seven players averaging at least 5.4 points, and they’re shooting 63 percent from the line and 31.1 percent from deep. Defensively, Marshall is allowing 31.3 percent shooting from downtown and has allowed 70 or more points in five of its last six games.

Florida Atlantic vs. Marshall - 1/17/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Florida Atlantic Owls have lost four straight games and are also looking for their first C-USA win. On the season, FAU is averaging 63.5 points on 42 percent shooting and is allowing 65.9 points on 44 percent shooting. Solomon Poole is averaging 15.6 points and 3.6 rebounds while Marquan Botley is averaging 11.9 points and 3.7 assists. Jackson Trapp is the third player averaging double-digit points and Justin Raffington is grabbing 7.3 rebounds. The Florida Atlantic Owls have seven players averaging at least 5.7 points, and they’re shooting 67.6 percent from the line and 36.3 percent from downtown. Defensively, FAU is allowing 27.1 percent shooting from deep and has allowed 66 or less points in five of its last seven games.

The Thundering Herd are 8-20 ATS in their last 28 games following a ATS win and 16-38-3 ATS in their last 57 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. The Owls are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 vs. Conference USA and 5-12 ATS in their last 17 games overall. 

The Marshall Thundering Herd have been playing brutal basketball and it's tough to back them and the points against anybody. FAU has played well on its home court and should keep it up against a Marshall team that falt out stinks. 

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Florida Atlantic Owls -6

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