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Florida International vs. Southern Mississippi - 3/7/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (14-17) at Florida International Golden Panthers (14-17)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Ford Center at The Star)

The Line: Florida International Golden Panthers +1.5 -- Over/Under: 139.5 See the Latest Odds

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The CUSA college basketball playoffs get underway with a first round matchup between the FIU Golden Panthers and the Southern Miss Golden Eagles.

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles dropped seven of ten to end the regular season to finish 10th in the CUSA. Southern Miss defeated  Louisiana Tech 72-64 in the final game of the year behind a 40-17 first half explosion.

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Florida International vs. Southern Mississippi - 3/7/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Cortez Edwards topped the Golden Eagles offense with 21 points, five pulls and three steals with Tyree Griffin adding 15 points, seven rebounds and nine assists. Dominic Magee gave Southern Miss 13 points and six boards while LaDavius Draine chipped in with nine points.

The FIU Golden Panthers were generally playing well over the last month where the team went 5-5 but were competitive in defeat. FIU did take one on the chin in a 79-53 defeat at Old Dominion. The Golden Panthers averaged around 70 points and allowed 71 points overall and need to boost those numbers to go deep in to the CUSA playoffs.

FIU is dangerous with a solid backcourt where Brian Beard Jr. leads the team at 15.9 points and Trejon Jacob gives the team 14.9 points and five boards. Eric Lockett averages 14.2 points and a team high 6.5 rebounds while Willy Nunez Jr. gives the Golden Panthers another 10.9 points.

Southern Miss  are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and Southern Miss are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Conference USA. FIU  are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and FIU are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Conference USA.

Neither team inspires me to run to the window with a handful of cash so perhaps the over for a small interest…

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