Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (23-11) at Oklahoma State Cowboys (19-14)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 9:00 pm (Gallagher-Iba Arena)
The Line: Oklahoma State Cowboys -12.5 -- Over/Under: Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles will travel to Gallagher-Iba Arena to take on the Florida Gulf Coast Cowboys this Tuesday night in the 1st round of the NIT Tournament.
The 7-seed Florida Gulf Coast Eagles finished their regular season with an overall record 23-11 and although they earned the top-seed in the A-Sun Tournament, the Eagles couldn’t get their ticket to the NCAA dance after being defeated by the Lipscomb Bison, 108-96, in the championship game of the A-Sun Tournament. Florida Gulf Coast fell behind by a 60-31 margin at halftime and although they made a tremendous comeback that saw the Eagles cut the Bison lead to a 5-point margin, Florida Gulf Coast just couldn’t get enough defensive stops at the end of the game to secure the comeback victory. Florida Gulf Coast allowed Lipscomb to shoot 65.3% from the field and 46.2% (12-26) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Eagles was Brandon Goodwin who had 34 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal. On the season, Florida Gulf Coast is averaging 81.7 ppg on 49.7% shooting from the field. The Eagles are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game on 36.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Florida Gulf Coast has been led by Brandon Goodwin (18.6 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.4 spg), Zach Johnson (15.9 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.0 apg, 2.0 spg), Christin Terrell (12.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.0 apg), and Antravious Simmons (7.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.0 apg). Defensively, Florida Gulf Coast is allowing their opponents to average 71.6 ppg on 42.4% shooting from the field. The Eagles have a rebound margin of 5.8 and a turnover margin of 0.1.
The 2-seed Oklahoma State Cowboys finished their season with an overall record of 19-14 (8-10 Big 12), however, fell just short of getting an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament despite multiple wins against Kansas along with victories against West Virginia and Texas Tech. Oklahoma State defeated Oklahoma in the 1st round of the Big-12 Tournament, however, couldn’t beat Kansas for a 3rd time this season after falling to the Jayhawks by a 82-68 margin in the quarterfinals. Oklahoma State trailed by just a 43-42 margin at halftime, however, struggled offensively in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 63-50 margin with 8:52 left in regulation. Oklahoma State allowed Kansas to shoot 56.1% from the field while the Cowboys shot just 40.9% from the field and 22.7% (5-22) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Cowboys was Jeffrey Carroll who had 17 points, 7 rebounds, and an assist. On the season, Oklahoma State is averaging 76.4 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Cowboys are averaging 8.2 three-pointers per game on 34.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Oklahoma State has been led by Jeff Carroll (15.1 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.7 apg), Kendall Smith (12.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.0 spg), Tavarius Shine (9.6 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.0 spg), and Cameron McGriff (8.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg). Defensively, Oklahoma State is allowing their opponents to average 73.1 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Cowboys have a rebound margin of 1.9 and a turnover margin of 1.0.
The Eagles are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS loss and 16-5-1 ATS in their last 22 road games. The Cowboys are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss.
Florida Gulf Coast in no stranger to post-season play and although they came out flat defensively in the A-Sun Championship, the Eagles are still a very good team that had been led by their offense which ranks 30th in scoring offense and 13th in FG%. Oklahoma State must be disappointed not being selected to the NCAA Tournament, however, this team surprised many people this season and has been solid on the offensive end this year as they rank 94th in scoring offense and 116th in three-pointers made per game. Oklahoma State is good team, however, I think this is spot in which it will be tough for the Cowboys to get motivated for this game after not be selected for the NCAA Tournament and as Florida Gulf Coast has an offense that can put up points in a hurry, I'm taking Florida Gulf Coast and the points in this one.