Incarnate Word Cardinals (4-2) at Florida Atlantic Owls (3-1)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm (Kendall G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium)
The Line: Florida Atlantic Owls -9.5 -- Over/Under: 144 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Incarnate Word Cardinals and FAU Owls will face off in a consolation game of the Islands of the Bahamas Showcase this Sunday afternoon at Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.
The Incarnate Word Cardinals improved to 4-2 on the season after defeating the North Dakota State Bison, 80-78 (OT), yesterday morning. Incarnate Word fought back from a 15-point 2nd half deficit to force OT and was able to pull off the win after a Morgan Taylor jumper gave the Cardinals the lead for good with :26 seconds left in OT. Incarnate Word shot 53.8% from the field and 41.7% from beyond the arc in the victory. The Cardinals outrebounded North Dakota State by a 26-21 margin and forced the Bison into committing 19 turnovers. Leading the way for the Cardinals was Morgan Taylor who had 24 points, 5 rebounds, 2 steals, and an assist.
Going into their game agianst North Dakota State, Incarnate Word was averaging 60.4 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field. The Cardinals were averaging 3.0 three-pointers per game on 25.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Incarnate Word has been led by Morgan Taylor (16.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.5 spg), Antonie Smith Jr. (9.3 ppg, 5.7 rpg), Charles Brown III (8.8 ppg, 1.0 rpg), and Christian Peevy (8.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg). Defensively, Incarnate Word was allowing their opponents to average 68.4 ppg on 42.3% shooting from the field. The Cardinals had a rebound margin of -2.6 and a turnover margin of -4.6.
The FAU Owls improved to 3-1 on the season after defeating the Towson Tigers, 85-71, yesterday afternoon. FAU was outstanding on the offensive end against the Tigers and pulled away after a 9-0 run gave the Owls a 60-45 lead with 10:49 remaining in the 2nd half. FAU shot 50.8% from the field and 34.5% from beyond the arc in the victory. The Owls rebounded the Tigers by a 40-26 margin and committed just 9 turnovers in the win. Leading the way for the Owls was Jailyn Ingram who had a double-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.
Coming into their game agianst Towson, FAU was averaging 82.7 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Owls were averaging 9.7 three-pointers per game on 30.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, FAU has been led by Jailyn Ingram (19.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 2.0 apg), Anthony Adger (12.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.0 apg), Jaylen Sebree (12.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Michael Forrest (9.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.3 spg). Defensively, Florida Atlantic was allowing their opponents to average 70.3 ppg on 44.1% shooting from the field. The Owls have a rebound margin of 5.0 and a turnover margin of 1.0.
The Cardinals are 1-2 ATS on the season. The Owls are 5-11 ATS in their last 16 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600 and 2-7 ATS in their last 9 neutral site games.
Incarnate Word had an encouraging win against North Dakota State, however, this is still a team that can really struggle scoring the basketball as they rank just 322nd in scoring defense, 349th in three-pointers made per game, and 319th in 3P-FG%. FAU has had a solid start to their season, highlighted with a solid 80-79 win on the road vs. UCF, and as the Owls shouldn’t have any problems putting up points in this one, I’m taking FAU to cover this large spread.