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Florida International vs. South Florida - 12/18/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
South Florida Bulls (7-2) at Florida International Golden Panthers (8-2)
Date & Time Tuesday December 18, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Florida International Golden Panthers -3 -- Over/Under: 158
TV Channel
CUSA TV
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The South Florida Bulls and FIU Golden Panthers meet Tuesday in college basketball action at the Ocean Bank Convocation Center.

The South Florida Bulls look for a statement victory after winning six of their last eight games. The South Florida Bulls are averaging 74.9 points on 43.6 percent shooting and allowing 66.8 points on 41.7 percent shooting. David Collins is averaging 15.4 points and 2.8 assists while LaQuincy Rideau is averaging 12.3 points and 3.3 rebounds. Alexis Yetna is the third double-digit scorer and T.J. Lang is dishing 1.1 assists. The South Florida Bulls are shooting 31.7 percent from beyond the arc and 63.7 percent from the free throw line. The South Florida Bulls are allowing 32.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.4 rebounds per game. The South Florida Bulls have lost 10 of their last 12 road games.

The FIU Golden Panthers look to remain unbeaten at home to build on their solid 8-2 record. The FIU Golden Panthers are averaging 96.6 points on 47.3 percent shooting and allowing 85.1 points on 44.9 percent shooting. Brian Beard Jr. is averaging 22.6 points and 6.9 assists while Devon Andrews is averaging 15.6 points and 5.3 rebounds. Trejon Jacob is the third double-digit scorer and Willy Nunez Jr. is grabbing three rebounds. The FIU Golden Panthers are shooting 29.9 percent from beyond the arc and 62.1 percent from the free throw line. The FIU Golden Panthers are allowing 30.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 39.4 rebounds per game. The FIU Golden Panthers have won 10 straight home games.

The Bulls are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games, 5-15-1 ATS in their last 21 Tuesday games and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 vs. Conference USA. The Golden Panthers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The over is 7-1 in Golden Panthers last 8 overall. The over is 25-9 in Bulls last 34 road games.

The South Florida Bulls have been horrible on the road dating back to last season. The FIU Golden Panthers have been a scoring machine all year and it hasn't changed much at home this season where they're outscoring teams by eight points. Florida International is a team to keep an eye on moving forward, as that offensive firepower is legit, and there's not a lot of teams in college basketball capable of keeping up. I'll lay the bucket.

Pick:
Florida International Golden Panthers -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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