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Miami vs. Florida Atlantic - 12/22/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Florida Atlantic Owls (8-3) at Miami Hurricanes (6-4)
Date & Time Saturday December 22, 2018, 2:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Miami Hurricanes -17 -- Over/Under: 143
TV Channel
ACC
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NCAA BB | Florida Atlantic Owls (8-3) at Miami Hurricanes (6-4)
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The Florida Atlantic Owls and Miami Hurricanes meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Watsco Center.

The Florida Atlantic Owls look for a victory here after splitting their last four games. The Florida Atlantic Owls are averaging 75 points on 41.4 percent shooting and allowing 72.1 points on 42.5 percent shooting. Jailyn Ingram is averaging 18.9 points and 8.2 rebounds while Anthony Adger is averaging 13.3 points and 1.7 assists. Xavian Stapleton is the third double-digit scorer and Jaylen Sebree is grabbing 4.7 rebounds. The Florida Atlantic Owls are shooting 31.2 percent from beyond the arc and 74.7 percent from the free throw line. The Florida Atlantic Owls are allowing 28.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.8 rebounds per game. The Florida Atlantic Owls have lost two of their last three road games.

The Miami Hurricanes also need a victory here after losing four of their last five games. The Miami Hurricanes are averaging 78.3 points on 45.7 percent shooting and allowing 69.4 points on 45.4 percent shooting. Chris Lykes is averaging 16.6 points and 3.6 assists while Zach Johnson is averaging 13.2 points and 2.4 rebounds. Anthony Lawrence II is the third double-digit scorer and Dejan Vasiljevic is grabbing 4.6 rebounds. The Miami Hurricanes are shooting 34.6 percent from beyond the arc and 72.3 percent from the free throw line. The Miami Hurricanes are allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.5 rebounds per game. The Miami Hurricanes have won four of their last five home games.

The Owls are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 vs. Atlantic Coast. The Hurricanes are 10-28 ATS in their last 38 home games, 0-6 ATS in their last 6 Saturday games and 7-20 ATS in their last 27 games overall. The road team is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings. The under is 9-4 in Hurricanes last 13 overall. The under is 4-1 in Owls last 5 overall. The under is 4-1 in Owls last 5 non-conference games.

The Miami Hurricanes have been a little blah to start the season, as they've had some issues on the defensive side and just lost a bunch of games to teams they probably shouldn't have lost to. The Florida Atlantic Owls have been rather impressive out of the gate, as they're top-80 in field goal percentage allowed, and they have wins over Central Florida, Mercer and took Arkansas State to overtime on the road. FAU will be up for this game, as hanging with an ACC team looks good on the resume, and it's a powerhouse from the same state. I'll take the Owls and the boatload of points.

Pick:
Florida Atlantic Owls +17

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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