Florida Atlantic Owls vs. Florida International Golden Panthers - 1/4/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Florida International Golden Panthers (7-6) at Florida Atlantic Owls (7-4)
College Basketball: Sunday, January 4, 2015 at 2:00 pm (FAU Arena)
The Line: Florida Atlantic Owls -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Instate and conference rivals the Florida International Golden Panthers face the Florida Atlantic Owls at FAU Arena.
The defensive minded Florida International Golden Panthers have kept their heads above water thus far at 7-6 so how that plays out in a competitive CUSA is the question to be answered. The Golden Panthers snapped a two game skid with a 76-55 decision at Florida A&M that was a nice 'tuneup' for conference play. FIU jumped to a 19 point lead after 20 minutes and were never in danger with the Rattlers held to 42% shooting while the Golden Panthers connected at almost 54% and totaled eleven more shots. Adrian Diaz gave Florida International 19 points on 8-9 with leading scorer Dennis Mavin adding 16 points and seven boards while Marco Porcher Jimenez and Dominique Williams combined for 17 points with Williams snagging seven yanks.
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The Florida Atlantic Owls began the 2014-15 campaign on the slow side but have really turned it on to the tune of six victories in seven contests to stand at 7-4. The name of the game for the Owls is control the scoreboard and make some shots which they did in a 68-50 rout of Jacksonville where 40-23 second half run broke open a one point contest. FAU won the shooting battle 47%-39% with a 10-0 edge on three pointers easily overcoming sloppy ball handling that resulted in 17 giveaways. Florida Atlantic received a game high 19 points and five helpers from Solomon Poole while Marquan Botley added 14 points and eight assists. Jackson Trapp and Justin Massey rounded out the top contributors with 13 and eleven points respectively.
The Golden Panthers are 2-0-2 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. win and are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a SU win of more than 20 points. FIU are 5-1-2 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. The Owls are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall and are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. FAU are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record. Both teams are more similar then different and this series has generally been close so I'm looking at the points...