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Austin Peay vs North Florida Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 31st Betting Odds

Governors vs Ospreys Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Austin Peay Governors at North Florida Ospreys
  • Where: Jacksonville at UNF Arena
  • Date: Saturday, December 31st
  • Betting Odds: Austin Peay +3.5, AUSP +141 | NFL -179 O/U 141.5

Governors Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs North Florida, the Austin Peay Governors will be taking the floor for the 15th time this season and have an overall record of 6-8. So far, the Governors have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 2-6. For the season, Austin Peay has been the underdog in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 1-7. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Governors being +3.5 point underdogs.

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Elijah Hutchins-Everett comes into today’s game as the Governors’ leading scorer at 14.36 points per contest. Not only has Hutchins-Everett been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Austin Peay’s top rebounder at 6.93 boards per contest. Behind Hutchins-Everett, the team has benefited from the strong play of Sean Durugordon who is second on the team in scoring at 12.5 points per game. Overall, he has hit 38.8% of his shots and is adding 5.57 boards per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Austin Peay this season, as they are currently ranked 390th in college basketball at 64.7 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Governors’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.5%, placing them 387th in the NCAA.

Ospreys Preview:

Through 12 games, the North Florida Ospreys have an overall record of 5-7. Currently, the Ospreys have been the home team 4 times, sitting with a record of 4-0. The Ospreys’ are sitting with a betting line that is -3.5 points in their favor. For the season, North Florida has been favored to win in 3 games, sitting with a mark of 3-0.

North Florida will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jarius Hicklen who is averaging 14.33 points per game for the Ospreys. Hicklen is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Ospreys’ offensive gameplan is the play of Carter Hendricksen who has hit 40.3% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.08 points per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for North Florida this season, as they are currently ranked 283rd in college basketball at 68.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that that have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Ospreys’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.9%, placing them 259th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Austin Peay Governors +3.5

A key to this matchup, will be 3-point shooting. Coming into the game, both North Florida and Austin Peay are excellent 3-point shooting teams, averaing 9.55 and 7.9 made 3’s per game, respectively. In terms of the odds, we like the Austin Peay Governors to cover as +3.5 point dogs. Look for their defense to do a good enough job closing out on the Ospreys’ outside shooters to make things difficult for North Florida. At +3.5 we like the chances of Austin Peay covering the spread as underdogs.

 


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