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Florida Gulf Coast vs North Alabama 2/9/22 College Basketball Picks, Predictions, Odds

North Alabama Lions (9-14) vs. Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (15-9)
February 9, 2022 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: Florida Gulf Coast Eagles -7.5 / North Alabama Lions +7.5; Over/Under: +139
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The North Alabama Lions and the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles meet in college basketball action from the Alico Arena on Wednesday night.

The North Alabama Lions will try to rebound from back-to-back losses after a 71-56 loss at the hands of North Florida last time out. Daniel Ortiz leads the Lions in scoring with 12 PPG while Jamari Blackmon has 10.3 PPG as the only other double-digit scorer for North Alabama up to this point in the season. C.J. Brim has 9.6 PPG with a team-high 3 APG while Damian Forrest leads the Lions on the glass with a team-high 5.7 RPG this season. As a team, North Alabama is averaging 69.9 PPG on 39.4% shooting from the field, 32.5% from three and 76.5% from the foul line while allowing 65.3 PPG on 40.6% shooting from the field and 31.9% from three this season.

The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles will look to build on back-to-back wins after a 77-68 win over Lipscomb last time out. Tavian Dunn-Martin leads the Eagles in scoring and assists with 19.8 PPG and 5.9 APG while Cyrus Largie has 11.1 PPG with 4.8 RPG and Kevin Samuel has 11.7 PPG with a team-high 10 RPG to lead the Eagles on the glass and to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Florida Gulf Coast so far this season. As a team, Florida Gulf Coast is averaging 76.8 PPG on 44.7% shooting from the field, 34.9% from three and 66.6% from the foul line while allowing 73.3 PPG on 43.5% shooting from the field and 34% from three this season.

North Alabama is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record and 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games overall while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games following a double-digit loss at home. Florida Gulf Coast is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400 and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 home games against a team with a losing road record.

This is not a game I’m rushing to the window to bet if I’m being 100% honest as both teams have struggled as of late, especially when it comes to covering the spread. However, home court has mattered here as the Eagles took both meetings last season at home convincingly. The Eagles are also winning a lot more than the Lions, the issues for FGCU has just been giving up too many points. That could be the case here, but ultimately I think the Eagles win this by 8-10 points so give me Florida Gulf Coast here.

Chris Ruffolo's Free Pick: Florida Gulf Coast -7.5

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