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FAU vs. FIU - 2/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
FIU at FAU
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)
Location
FAU Arena
Boca Raton, Florida
The Line
The Line: FAU -5 -- Over/Under: 156
TV Channel
CUSA.TV
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The FIU Golden Panthers and Florida Atlantic Owls meet Saturday in college basketball action at the FAU Arena.

The FIU Golden Panthers could use a win after splitting their last 12 games. The FIU Golden Panthers are averaging 84.2 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 80.7 points on 46.7 percent shooting. Brian Beard Jr. is averaging 17.4 points and 6.2 assists while Devon Andrews is averaging 15.3 points and 5.1 rebounds. Trejon Jacob is the third double-digit scorer and Willy Nunez Jr. is grabbing 2.4 rebounds. The FIU Golden Panthers are shooting 31.2 percent from beyond the arc and 64.3 percent from the free throw line. The FIU Golden Panthers are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.2 rebounds per game. The FIU Golden Panthers have lost four of their last six road games.

The Florida Atlantic Owls look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. The Florida Atlantic Owls are averaging 71.6 points on 41.5 percent shooting and allowing 68 points on 41.1 percent shooting. Jailyn Ingram is averaging 18.9 points and 8.2 rebounds while Anthony Adger is averaging 16.5 points and 2.6 assists. Xavian Stapleton is the third double-digit scorer and Jaylen Sebree is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Florida Atlantic Owls are shooting 32.8 percent from beyond the arc and 74.2 percent from the free throw line. The Florida Atlantic Owls are allowing 31.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.9 rebounds per game. The Florida Atlantic Owls have won nine of their last 12 home games.

The Golden Panthers are 18-8 ATS in their last 26 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Owls are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Conference USA, 3-10 ATS in their last 13 games following a ATS win and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Golden Panthers are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings and the road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 14-5 in Owls last 19 overall. The under is 4-1 in Golden Panthers last 5 overall.

The Florida Atlantic Owls beat FIU last month by 17 points as a five-point underdog, a game in which they shot 53.8 percent from the field. The FIU Golden Panthers haven't only lost four of their last six road games, but they're losing on the road this season by an average of 8.8 points while allowing 50.4 percent shooting. FAU is 6-3 ATS at home this season and is back to getting after it defensively, allowing just 38.4 percent shooting and 59.2 points in its last five games. The Florida Atlantic Owls are also winning at home by an average of six points. I'll eat the reasonable chalk with the Owls. 

Pick:
FAU -5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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