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FAU vs. Louisiana Tech - 1/31/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Louisiana Tech at FAU
Date & Time Thursday January 31, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
FAU Arena
Boca Raton, FL
The Line
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs -3 -- Over/Under: 136.5
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Peter G. Aiken

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and the FAU Owls meet in C-USA college basketball action from the FAU Arena on Thursday night.

The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs come into this game looking to build on back-to-back victories after a 62-50 win over Western Kentucky in their last outing. DaQuan Bracey led the Bulldogs with 17 points on 6 of 14 shooting with a pair of threes and a pair of steals while Ra’Shawn Langston added 15 points as the only other Louisiana Tech player to score in double figures in the losing effort. Anthony Duruji finished with 9 points and team-highs of 11 rebounds and 4 blocks while Amorie Archibald had 7 points while dishing out a team-high 10 assists. Bracey leads Louisiana Tech with an average of 14.2 points and 4.1 assists per game while Duruji leads the Bulldogs in rebounding with 5.8 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Louisiana Tech is averaging 74.4 points per game on 44.9% shooting from the field, 32.9% from 3-point range and 66.3% from the foul line this season.

The FAU Owls will look to build some momentum after an 89-72 win over FIU in their last outing. Anthony Adger led the Owls with 26 points on 6 of 11 shooting with 5 threes and a 9 of 9 mark from the foul line as well as 5 rebounds, 4 assists and a pair of steals while Michael Forrest added 22 points on 6 of 9 from the floor with 5 boards, 4 assists and 4 steals. Xavian Stapleton added 20 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for FAU in the win, while Aleksandar Zecevic had 6 points and a team-high 8 rebounds and 3 blocks. Adger leads FAU in scoring with 16.7 points per game while Forrest leads the Owls in assists with 3 helpers per game and Simeon Lepichev leads FAU in rebounding with 5.3 rebounds per game this season. As a team, FAU is averaging 73.4 points per game on 41.7% shooting from the field, 32.6% from behind the arc and 72.6% from the foul line this season.

Louisiana Tech is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 7-3-1 ATS in their last 11 road games while the under is 22-7 in their last 29 conference games. FAU is 7-20 ATS in their last 27 games against a team with a winning record and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a win while the under is 10-3 in their last 13 games overall.

Louisiana Tech laying points on the road just goes to speak to how well the Bulldogs have played in winning back-to-back games. However, the Bulldogs have lost all 4 of their road games in conference this season, and in the 5 meetings between Louisiana Tech and FAU, the two meetings at FAU have been decided by a combined 7 points. I think that FAU can step their game up for this one and given the Bulldogs’ issues on the road, I’ll take the free bucket with the Owls in this spot.

FAU +3

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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