FIU vs. South Alabama - 12/2/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
South Alabama Jaguars (5-3) at Florida International Golden Panthers (3-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 7:00 pm (FIU Arena)
The Line: Florida International Golden Panthers +2.5 -- Over/Under: 128 See the Latest Odds
We have some non-conference action on the hardwood, as the South Alabama Jaguars and the Florida International Panthers.
The South Alabama Jaguars come into this one looking to build some momentum after winning 4 of their last 5 games following a 69-58 win over Southern Miss last time out. Rodrick Sikes led the team with 20 points on 7 of 15 shooting with 3 triples while Herb McGee added 18 points on 5 of 8 shooting with 4 threes and a team-high 4 assists and Josh Ajayi chipped in 13 points to round out the scoring in double figures for the Jags in the winning effort. Nick Davis scored just 3 points, but added 11 rebounds and 5 blocks while Joe Thompson added 9 rebounds in 14 minutes in the win. Sikes leads the team in scoring with 16 points per game, while Ajayi is the team’s leading rebounder with 6.1 rebounds per game and Dederick Lee is the team’s top assist man with 2.4 assists per game this season. As a team, South Alabama is scoring 64.6 points per game on 42.3% shooting from the field, 33.9% from behind the 3-point line and 65.1% from the foul line this season.
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The Florida International Panthers will try to climb back to .500 after improving to 3-4 on the year thanks to a 79-61 win over subdivision Florida National. Eric Lockett led the team with 20 points on 8 of 13 shooting along with a team-high 7 rebounds, while Willy Nunex Jr. came right behind in 2nd with 19 points on 7 of 13 shooting with 5 triples. Brian Beard Jr. added 15 points, a pair of steals and a team-high 4 assists, while Trejon Jacob chipped in 11 points and Isaiah Banks added 10 points as the Panthers had 5 players finish in double digits in terms of scoring. Lockett leads the team with an average of 17.3 points and 7 rebounds per game, while Beard Jr. is the team’s leading assist man with 4 assists per game this season. As a team, Florida International is scoring 69.9 points per game on 42.4% shooting from the field, 32.1% from behind the arc and 57.6% from the foul line this season.
South Alabama is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games against C-USA. Florida International is 3-10-1 ATS in their last 14 home games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 games following a win while the over is 16-5 in their last 21 games overall. The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
FIU definitely has some talent on their squad, but the problem is that all 3 of their victories this season have come against non D-I opponents. South Alabama isn’t a world-beater by any means, but they are 5-0 ATS this season, including a 3-0 record ATS on the road. Until FIU shows me that they are capable of beating a team in their own weight class, I have to side with South Alabama to get the job done with yet another cover.