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Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. Florida International Golden Panthers - 2/27/14

Florida International Golden Panthers (13-15) at Southern Miss Golden Eagles (23-5)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Reed Green Coliseum)

The Line: Southern Miss Golden Eagles -17 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds


The Southern Miss Golden Eagles will play their last home game of the season when they host the Florida International Panthers.

The Panthers have lost three straight and four of their last five games. During this span, they’re averaging 69.4 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 73.6 points on 47.7 percent shooting. Their defense has been their calling card all season, as they’re 11-1 when holding teams under 70 points, but the defense has slipped over the last week or so. And they’ve been brutal on the road, as they average 69.7 points and allow 77.1 points. They are 9-11 ATS overall and 4-7 ATS on the road.

Southern Miss Golden Eagles vs. Florida International Golden Panthers - 2/27/14

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After playing some mediocre basketball last week, the Golden Eagles have won two straight and are just one game back from first place in the C-USA. They’ve been absolutely flawless on their home floor with a 13-0 SU record. It’s a place where they average 75.2 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allow 59.1 points on 40.6 percent shooting. Most of their home wins have been double-digit blowouts, which would explain the 9-1 ATS record at home. Overall, they are 16-8-1 ATS this season.

So we have one team that can’t get the job done away from South Florida, while the other team plays perfect basketball in front of its home fans. This pick is one of the easier ones you’ll have all day, as it’s either Southern Miss or nothing.

The Golden Eagles are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 home games and 6-1 ATS in their last seven home games against teams with a losing road record. Meanwhile, the Panthers are 0-6 ATS in their last six road games against teams with a winning home record.

Be smart and take the Golden Eagles and the chalk.

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