North Alabama Lions (9-20) vs. Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (20-10)
March 1, 2022 7:00 pm EDT
The Line: Florida Gulf Coast Eagles -10.5 ; Over/Under: 140.5
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The North Alabama Lions and the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles meet Tuesday in Atlantic Sun Tournament action from Alico Arena. North Alabama is 9-20 on the season. The Lions lost to Jacksonville State in their last game. As for Florida Gulf Coast, they’re sitting at 20-10 and beat Jacksonville in their most recent appearance. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
North Alabama was sitting at 7-4 back on December 18, but they’ve only been able to win two games since then. The Lions are riding an eight-game losing streak right now; they’ve fallen to Lipscomb, Central Arkansas and Jacksonville State in the last trio.
On Saturday versus Jacksonville State, the Lions were outscored 26-30 in the first half. North Alabama trailed 26-39 from there in a 69-52 defeat. Daniel Ortiz was the top scorer with 27 points and seven rebounds in the loss.
Over on the Florida Gulf Coast side, they had a sketchy 3-6 run back in December/January but outside of that the team has been pretty consistent this year. The Eagles have won their last pair of outings over Liberty and Jacksonville.
Matched up against Jacksonville on Saturday, the Eagles went into the break with a two-point lead. FGCU hit a 44-39 run in the second on the way to a 76-69 win. Tavian Dunn-Martin was tops on 18 points with six assists.
The Eagles are 3-0-1 ATS in the last four at home and 6-14-1 ATS in their last 21 after an ATS win. FGCU is 5-1-1 ATS in their last seven overall.
Meanwhile, the Lions are 3-13 ATS in their last 16 overall and 2-6 ATS in their last eight road games. The over is 5-1 in North Alabama’s last six overall.
PICK: I’m going to stay with Florida Gulf Coast. The Eagles are scoring well over this 9-3 run; they’ve hit 71 or more points in 10 of those 12 games. These teams last met up back on February 9 amid a five-game win streak for FGCU. The Eagles won that one handily 92-60. I don’t see the Lions putting up too much of a fight here; it should be Florida Gulf Coast’s cover to take.