Atlantic Sun Quarterfinal-Florida Gulf Coast Eagles vs. Jacksonville Dolphins - 3/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Jacksonville Dolphins (10-21) at Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (21-9)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Alico Arena)
The Line: Florida Gulf Coast Eagles -13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles faceoff with the Jacksonville Dolphins in front of the home crowd in the quarters of the Atlantic Sun.
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The second ranked Florida Gulf Coast Eagles have the ability to score and defend at 67 points scored and less then 63 points given up but they are more of a defense first squad. The Eagles appeared to be heading towards the regular season crown with a ten game winning streak heading into the final week where their momentum and title hopes ended with back to back losses to North Florida and Jacksonville. The Eagles have defeated South Dakota State and UMass on the road and are familiar with the big stage and probably one of the few names that have national recognition among small conferences.
FGCU might not be the biggest offense in the conference but the potential to score is huge with four players cracking double figures in the scoring column. Brett Comer, Bernard Thompson, Julian DeBose and Jamail Jones average between 11-13+ points while Marc-Eddy Norelia is a valuable commodity off the bench at eight points. The Eagles are not afraid of being physical with seven players grabbing between 3.5-5.5 rebounds. What makes Florida Gulf Coast so dangerous is the numerous offensive option which prevents opposing defenses from keying on any one player because everybody does a little of everything.
The Jacksonville Dolphins don’t have a strong resume’ at 10-21 overall and a 4-10 record in the Atlantic Sun. The Dolphins might be a long shot at doing anything in the playoffs but they have given the rest of the conference something to thing about with a win over Florida Gulf Coast. The Dolphins will have to step it up at both ends of the floor as they have been outscored 71-64 with their biggest non conference coming against Gardner-Webb although the team didn’t step often to face the bigger names.
The Dolphins do possess a dangerous tandem of Kori Babineaux and Andris Mistiers give the offense some dangerous scoring at 14.6 and 12 points respectively with both averaging close to four pulls. JR Holder and Josh Adeyeye provide some secondary scoring; with a round 17 points combined so the Dolphins will need a boost in scoring from somebody and hopefully a few players. Having said that, keeping the scoreboard in check might be the biggest concern with opponents scoring at least 70 points in 11-15 contests.
The Dolphins are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 road games. Jacksonville are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Eagles are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 Tuesday games. FGCU are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400 and are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. I know FGCU has been fantastic in this match up at home so that’s where I’m looking right now…