FIU Golden Panthers (14-16) at Old Dominion Monarchs (23-6)
College Basketball: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Ted Constant Center)
The Line: Old Dominion Monarchs -15.5 -- Over/Under: 135 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The FIU Golden Panthers will travel to the Ted Constant Convocation Center to take on the Old Dominion Monarchs this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The FIU Golden Panthers won their 3rd straight game and improved to 14-16 (8-9 C-USA) on the season after defeating the Charlotte 49ers, 89-83, this past Thursday. FIU led by a 45-40 margin at halftime and pulled away later after a 7-0 Golden Panthers run gave FIU an 87-79 lead with just 0:32 seconds left in regulation. FIU shot 48.3% from the field and 43.5% (10-23) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Panthers was Brian Beard Jr. who had 23 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, and 4 steals. On the season, FIU is averaging 71.4 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Golden Panthers are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 33.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, FIU has been led by Brian Beard Jr. (16.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 5.7 apg, 3.0 spg), Trejon Jacob (14.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.1 spg), Eric Lockett (14.2 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.2 spg), and Michael Douglas (6.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg). Defensively, FIU is holding their opponents to an average of 71.0 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Golden Panthers have a rebound margin of -3.4 and a turnover margin of 3.6.
The Old Dominion improved to 23-6 (14-3 C-USA) on the season after defeating the Florida Atlantic Owls, 69-64, this past Thursday. Old Dominion led by a 31-17 margin at halftime and held off a late Florida Atlantic run to secure the victory. Old Dominion held Florida Atlantic to just 36.1% shooting from the field and 35.7% (5-14) from beyond the arc in the win. Leading the way for the Monarchs was Trey Porter who had a double-double with 29 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block. On the season, Old Dominion is averaging 74.6 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Monarchs are averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game on 36.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Old Dominion has been led by B.J. Stith (14.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.7 apg), Ahmad Caver (14.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 6.1 apg, 2.2 spg), Randy Haynes (13.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.4 spg), and Trey Porter (12.7 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.3 bpg). Defensively, Old Dominion is holding their opponents to an average of 63.5 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Monarchs have a rebound margin of 4.3 and a turnover margin of 4.7.
The Golden Panthers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Monarchs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win however, are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games.
FIU has won 5 of their last 8 games and although their offense can struggle at times as the Golden Panthers rank just 243rd in scoring offense, FIU has been solid on the offensive end as they come into this matchup ranked 142nd in scoring defense and 117th in defensive FG%. Old Dominion has won 7 of their last 8 games and has been led by their defense that ranks 8th in scoring defense, 53rd in defensive FG%, and 6th in turnover margin. Old Dominion is an impressive 11-2 at home this season, however, FIU’s defense has been solid as of late, holding opponents to under 70 points in 3 of their last 4 victories, and as I think the Monarchs will have trouble putting up the amount of points needed to cover such a large spread, I’m going to take FIU and the points in this one.