FAU vs. UTSA - 2/27/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

FAU vs. UTSA - 2/27/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

UTSA Roadrunners (12-15) at FAU Owls (15-13)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 7:00 pm (FAU Arena)

The Line: FAU Owls -3 -- Over/Under: 149.5

TV: CUSA.tv

The UTSA Roadrunners and the FAU Owls meet in C-USA college basketball action from FAU Arena on Thursday night.

The UTSA Roadrunners will try to join the fray in the middle of the C-USA standings, sitting at 6-8 in conference play after a 77-73 loss to Western Kentucky last time out. Jhivvan Jackson leads UTSA in scoring with 26.9 PPG while Keaton Wallace has 19 PPG and a team-high 3 APG this season. Byron Frohnen also leads UTSA in rebounding with 7.1 RPG this season. As a team, UTSA is averaging 78.5 points on 42.6% shooting from the field, 34.5% from 3-point range and 76.1% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 77.3 points on 43.8% shooting from the field and 33.7% from 3-point range this season. UTSA is 3-7 straight up and 4-6 against the spread on the road this season.

The FAU Owls will try to escape from that pack after a 65-58 win over UAB to improve to 7-8 in conference play last time out. Cornelius Taylor leads UTSA in scoring with 12.1 PPG while Jailyn Ingram is 2nd in scoring and tops in rebounding with 11 PPG and 5.2 RPG this season. Richardson Maitre has 9.3 PPG and 2.6 APG this season. As a team, FSU is averaging 70.3 points on 42.3% shooting fro the field, 31.7% from 3-point range and 70.3% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 68.4 points on 43.7% shooting from the field and 32.9% from 3-point range this season. FAU is 13-3 straight up and 7-6 against the spread at home this season.

Head-to-head, the home team is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings between these two teams.

I’ve gone back and forth on this game, as both teams are solid offensively, and while FAU is better defensively, the Owls are putting up less than 62 points per game across their last 5 games. Instead, I’m going to side with the over, as both teams can put up 75-80 points when called upon, and UTSA is allowing 84.5 points per game on the road this season. I think this could easily hit 160, so I’ll take the over in this one.

Chris’s Pick Over 149.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.