Marshall Thundering Herd (7-4) at FIU Panthers (8-5)
College Basketball: Friday, January 22, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Ocean Bank Convocation Center)
The Line: FIU Panthers +8 -- Over/Under: 156 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Marshall Thundering Herd and the FIU Panthers meet in college basketball action from the Ocean Bank Convocation Center on Friday night.
The Marshall Thundering Herd come into this one looking to bounce back from a 69-67 loss to Western Kentucky last time out. Taveion Kinsey leads the Herd in scoring with 20.5 PPG along with 6.3 RPG and 3.8 APG while Jarrod West is 2nd in scoring and tops in assists with 12.5 PPG and 6.5 APG to go along with 2.8 steals per game. Jannson Williams has 10.4 PPG and 4.3 RPG to make up the trio of double-digit scorers for Marshall coming into this one while Andrew Taylor has 8.5 PPG with a team-high 6.5 RPG and 3.8 APG this season. As a team, Marshall is averaging 78.5 PPG on 45.3% shooting from the field, 32.8% from 3-point range and 74% from the foul line while allowing 71.9 PPG on 42.2% shooting from the field and 36.7% from 3-point range this season.
The FIU Panthers will be out to snap a three-game losing streak after a 107-63 beatdown loss to FAU last time out. Antonio Daye Jr. leads the Panthers in scoring and assists with 18 PPG and 5 APG while Radshad Davis is 2nd in scoring and tops in rebounding with 13.3 PPG and 6.1 RPG this season. Eric Lovett has 11.2 PPG and Tevin Brewer has 10.5 PPG with 3.9 APG to make up the group of double-digit scorers for FIU at this point in the season. As a team, FIU is averaging 80.2 PPG on 45.1% shooting from the field, 35.8% from 3-point range and 68.8% from the foul line while giving up 74 PPG on 44.9% shooting from the field and 34.7% from 3-point range this season.
Marshall is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the over is 9-4 in their last 13 Friday games. FIU is 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a loss. The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I get that the road team’s had the bulk of the success and FIU was just demolished by FAU. However, this is a lot of points to give up with Marshall on the road considering these two teams offensive numbers aren’t that far apart. Neither team comes in lighting the world on fire against the number and I just think getting FIU with points at home in this spot is a valuable play so give me FIU and the points here.