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Florida Atlantic vs. North Texas - 2/14/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
North Texas at Florida Atlantic
Date & Time Thursday February 14, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
FAU Arena
Boca Raton, Florida
The Line
The Line: Florida Atlantic +3 -- Over/Under: 136
TV Channel
ESPN+
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NCAA BB | North Texas at Florida Atlantic
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The North Texas Mean Green and Florida Atlantic Owls meet Thursday in college basketball action at the FAU Arena.

The North Texas Mean Green look for a victory after splitting their last eight games. The North Texas Mean Green are averaging 70.1 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 63 points on 41 percent shooting. Ryan Woolridge is averaging 12.7 points and 5.1 assists while Umoja Gibson is averaging 12.6 points and 2.7 rebounds. Michael Miller is the third double-digit scorer and Zachary Simmons is grabbing 6.6 rebounds. The North Texas Mean Green are shooting 32 percent from beyond the arc and 67.8 percent from the free throw line. The North Texas Mean Green are allowing 32.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34 rebounds per game. The North Texas Mean Green have won five of their last seven road games.

The Florida Atlantic Owls look for a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Florida Atlantic Owls are averaging 71.4 points on 40.8 percent shooting and allowing 71.4 points on 43 percent shooting. Jailyn Ingram is averaging 18.9 points and 8.2 rebounds while Anthony Adger is averaging 17 points and 2.4 assists. Xavian Stapleton is the third double-digit scorer and Jaylen Sebree is grabbing 4.2 rebounds. The Florida Atlantic Owls are shooting 33.4 percent from beyond the arc and 74.7 percent from the free throw line. The Florida Atlantic Owls are allowing 32.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.4 rebounds per game. The Florida Atlantic Owls have split their last six home games.

The Mean Green Eagles are 17-7-1 ATS in their last 25 road games, 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Conference USA and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Owls are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS loss and 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up loss. The Mean Green Eagles are 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Florida Atlantic and 9-1 ATS in the last 10 meetings. The under is 12-5 in Owls last 17 overall. The over is 4-1 in Mean Green Eagles last 5 road games.

The Florida Atlantic Owls have been a sneaky good team this season and have a good enough defense that keeps them in games even when they're losing. The North Texas Mean Green have shown all year they can win on the road with wins in five of their last eight, and they enter this contest allowing just 39.5 percent shooting while winning by an average of 7.4 points in their last five games. If that defensive effort continues for the Mean Green, FAU is going to have a hard time sinking its teeth into this match. I strongly considered Florida Atlantic and the free bucket, but I have to back North Texas based on how consistent this team has been on the road.

Pick:
North Texas -3

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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