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North Texas vs. FAU - 2/28/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
FAU at North Texas
Date & Time Thursday February 28, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
UNT Coliseum
Denton, TX
The Line
North Texas Mean Green -9 -- Over/Under: 128
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The FAU Owls will travel to UNT Coliseum to take on the North Texas Mean Green this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The FAU Owls had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 16-12 (7-8 C-USA) on the season after being defeated by the FIU Golden Panthers, 79-76, this past Saturday. FAU struggled offensively agianst the Golden Panthers and couldn’t fight back late after FIU took a 76-68 lead with :36 seconds left in regulation. FAU shot just 33.3% from the field and 32.1% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Owls was Anthony Adger who had 16 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.

On the season, FAU is averaging 71.8 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field. The Owls are averaging 9.0 three-pointers per game on 32.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, FAU has been led by Jailyn Ingram (18.9 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 bpg), Anthony Adger (16.5 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.0 spg), Xavian Stapleton (13.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg), and Michael Forrest (8.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, FAU is holding their opponents to an average of 68.4 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field. The Owls have a rebound margin of 4.4 and a turnover margin of -1.0.

The North Texas Mean Green lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 20-8 (8-7 C-USA) on the season after being defeated by the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, 66-53, this past Saturday. North Texas led by a 34-20 margin at halftime, however, struggled on both ends of the court in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after the Bulldogs took a 59-50 margin with just 1:15 left in regulation. North Texas shot just 22.7 from beyond the arc and lost the turnover battle by a 21-9 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Mean Green was Zachary Simmons who had 10 points and 9 rebounds.

On the season, North Texas is averaging 70.9 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Mean Green are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 34.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, North Texas has been led by Ryan Woolridge (12.3 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 5.1 apg, 2.1 spg), Umoja Gibson (12.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.3 spg), Roosevelt Smart (11.3 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Michael Miller (11.0 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.3 apg).

Defensively, North Texas is holding their opponents to an average of 62.0 ppg on 40.3% shooting from the field. The Mean Green have a rebound margin of 4.6 and a turnover margin of 0.9.

The Owls are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up loss and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Thursday games. The Mean Green are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 home games.

FAU has won 3 of their last 5 games and although their offense can struggle to put up points as the Owls rank just 210th in scoring offense, FAU has been solid defensively as they come into this game ranked 96th in scoring defense and 51st in defensive FG%.

North Texas has lost 6 of their last 10 games and similar to FAU, has been led by their defense as the Mean Green rank 13th in scoring defense, 26th in defensive FG%, and 49th in rebound margin.

North Texas is an impressive 12-2 at home this season, however, although their winning games outright, the Mean Green has struggled recently ATS at home. FAU is a decent team and as I expect this to be a low-scoring battle, I’m taking the Owls and the points in this one.

Pick:
FAU Owls +9

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