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Louisiana Tech vs. Florida Atlantic - 2/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Florida Atlantic Owls (8-13) at Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (18-6)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Thomas Assembly Center)

The Line: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs -14.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Florida Atlantic Owls and Louisiana Tech Bulldogs meet Thursday at the Thomas Assembly Center.

The Florida Atlantic Owls hope to snap a five-game losing streak and win their second C-USA game. On the season, FAU is averaging 62.7 points on 40.6 percent shooting and is allowing 67.1 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Solomon Poole is averaging 13.8 points and 2.5 assists while Marquan Botley is averaging 13.1 points and 2.6 assists. Jackson Trapp is the third double-digit scorer and Justin Raffington is grabbing 7.4 rebounds. The Florida Atlantic Owls have five players averaging at least 7.4 points, and they’re shooting 67.7 percent from the line and 34.1 percent from deep. Defensively, FAU is allowing 27 percent shooting from deep and has given up 74 or more points in four of its last eight games.

Louisiana Tech vs. Florida Atlantic - 2/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have won six of their last eight games and are chasing a C-USA title. On the season, Louisiana Tech is averaging 73.6 points on 45.1 percent shooting and is allowing 65.6 points on 42 percent shooting. Raheem Appleby is averaging 16.4 points and 2.4 rebounds while Alex Hamilton is averaging 15.8 points and 2.7 assists. Erik McCree is the third double-digit scorer and Michale Kyser is grabbing 6.4 rebounds. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have five players averaging at least 6.6 points, and they’re shooting 67.8 percent from the line and 34.8 percent from deep. Defensively, Louisiana Tech is allowing 33.2 percent shooting from deep and has given up 62 or less points in four of its last five games.

The Owls are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 4-13 ATS in their last 17 vs. Conference USA. The Bulldogs are 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

The Owls have been brutal ATS in C-USA play and that likely isn't going to change on the road against one of the best teams in it. Look for this game to get ugly, as the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs should win by at least 15 points. 

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Louisiana Tech Bulldogs -14.5

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