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FIU vs. North Texas - 2/16/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
North Texas at FIU
Date & Time Saturday February 16, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Location
Ocean Bank Convocation Center
Miami, FL
The Line
FIU Golden Panthers +2.5 -- Over/Under: 152
TV Channel
ESPN+
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NCAA BB | North Texas at FIU
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The North Texas Mean Green will travel to the Ocean Bank Convocation Center to take on the FIU Golden Panthers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The North Texas Mean Green lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 20-6 (8-5 C-USA) on the season after being defeated by the FAU Owls, 57-47, this past Thursday. North Texas had no answers on the offensive end against the FAU defense and couldn’t fight back after a 12-2 Owls run gave FAU a 43-32 lead with 8:59 left in regulation. North Texas shot just 33.3% from the field and 30.4% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Mean Green was Michael Miller who had 18 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.

On the season, North Texas is averaging 73.1 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Mean Green are averaging 8.8 three-pointers per game on 34.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Texas has been led by Umoja Gibson (12.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.3 spg), Ryan Woolridge (12.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 5.1 apg, 2.1 spg), Michael Miller (11.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Roosevelt Smart (11.1 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.2 apg).

Defensively, North Texas is holding their opponents to an average of 61.7 ppg on 40.1% shooting from the field. The Mean Green have a rebound a rebound margin of 5.5 and a turnover margin of 1.4.

The FIU Golden Panthers snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 15-11 (6-7 C-USA) on the season after defeating the Rice Owls, 86-65, this past Thursday night. FIU did an outstanding job of forcing turnovers and easily pulled away in the 2nd half after taking a 42-29 halftime lead. FIU shot 44.1% from the field and forced Rice into committing 33 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Golden Panthers was Devon Andrews who had 25 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assists, and 2 steals.

On the season, FIU is averaging 84.8 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Golden Panthers are averaging 8.8 three-pointers per game on 30.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, FIU has been led by Brian Beard Jr. (17.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 6.3 apg, 3.1 spg), Devon Andrews (15.3 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.6 spg), Trejon Jacob (10.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.2 spg), and Antonio Daye Jr. (8.2 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.6 spg).

Defensively, FIU is allowing their opponents to average 81.6 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field. The Golden Panthers have a rebound margin of -7.9 and a turnover margin of 6.4.

The Mean Green are 15-7 ATS in their last 22 road games vs. a team with a winning home record, however, are just 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss. The Golden Panthers are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games vs. a team with a winning road record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.

North Texas has lost 3 of their last 5 games and come into this game ranked T-172nd in scoring offense, 11th in scoring defense, and 26th in defensive FG%.

FIU has lost 4 of their last 6 games and although they can put points up on the board as they rank 10th in scoring offense, the Golden Panthers have struggled defensviely as they come into this match-up ranked 344th in scoring defense & 321st in defensive FG%.

FIU is a team that likes to get up and down the floor as fast as possible, however, that is going to be a challenge agianst a North Texas team that likes to control the pace and really gets at you on the defensive end. The Mean Green are a balanced team and as they have a winning record on the road this season, I think North Texas will do enough to cover this small spread.

Pick:
North Texas Mean Green -2.5

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