Florida International vs. Louisiana Tech - 1/14/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (13-3) at Florida International Golden Panthers (8-8)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 14, 2016 at 7:00 pm (FIU Arena)
The Line: Florida International Golden Panthers +5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and Florida Intl Golden Panthers meet Thursday night at the FIU Arena.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs hope to build on their impressive 13-3 start to the season. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are averaging 79.4 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 72.8 points on 41.9 percent shooting. Alex Hamilton is averaging 18.4 points and 6.1 assists while Erik McCree is averaging 16.8 points and 7.1 rebounds. Dayon Griffin is the third double-digit scorer and Derric Jean is dishing 2.2 assists. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs are shooting 32.9 percent from beyond the arc and 66.3 percent from the free throw line. Louisiana Tech is allowing 31.5 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 14.4 turnovers per game. The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs have won six of their last 10 road games.
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The Florida Intl Golden Panthers look for some consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Florida Intl Golden Panthers are averaging 72.3 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 72.3 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Adrian Diaz is averaging 15.8 points and 9.1 rebounds while Donte McGill is averaging 15.7 points and 1.2 assists. Daviyon Draper is the third double-digit scorer and Jason Boswell is dishing 2.3 assists. The Florida Intl Golden Panthers are shooting 36.4 percent from beyond the arc and 64 percent from the free throw line. FIU is allowing 31.5 percent shooting from deep and is forcing 9.6 turnovers per game. The Florida Intl Golden Panthers have won eight of their last 12 home games.
The Bulldogs are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 vs. Conference USA. The Golden Panthers are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Conference USA and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up loss. The Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.
Florida International has been playing some solid basketball recently, which includes a road win over Western Kentucky. However, Louisiana Tech is the class of this conference and continues to play the most consistent ball of anyone in the C-USA. I have to side with the Bulldogs here.