Check out our free Central Arkansas vs Florida Gulf Coast pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Fort Myers. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Central Arkansas vs Florida Gulf Coast Pick & Preview: Thursday, February 2nd Betting Odds

Bears vs Eagles Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Central Arkansas Bears at Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
  • Where: Fort Myers at Alico Arena
  • Date: Thursday, February 2nd
  • Betting Odds: Central Arkansas +13, CARK +605 | FLGC -1000 O/U 149.0

Bears Preview:

Through 23 games, the Central Arkansas Bears have an overall record of 7-16. On the road, the Bears will be playing their 12th game of the season, having gone 2-10. So far, the Bears have been the underdog 18 times, going 4-14 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +13 underdogs on the spread.

Central Arkansas’ leading scorer this season is Camren Hunter, who is averaging 17.59 points per contest. So far, Hunter has accounted for 22.57% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.5 rebounds per game and 4.23 assists. Eddy Kayouloud is the second leading scorer for the Bears, averaging 13.13 points per game. Between him and Kayouloud, they are accounting for 40.2% of the team’s scoring.

On offense, Central Arkansas is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.2 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 23 games, they have only hit 30.0% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 35.15% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.

Eagles Preview:

The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles head into today’s game in what will be their 24th game of the season, posting a record of 14-9. So far this season, Florida Gulf Coast has played 11 games at home, sitting with a record of 10-1. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Eagles as the -13 point favorites. The Eagles have been favored 14 times, going 10-4 straight up.

Florida Gulf Coast will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Isaiah Thompson who is averaging 13.65 points per game for the Eagles. Thompson 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 Eagles’ offensive game plan is the play of Zach Anderson who has hit 50.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.67 points per game.

Florida Gulf Coast comes into today’s matchup vs Central Arkansas, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 77.4 points per game. Through 23 games, they have hit 45.1% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Eagles have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 317th in possessions per game.

Free Spread Prediction: Central Arkansas Bears +13

In our analysis of this matchup, we believe that Florida Gulf Coast’s fast-paced style of play will give them an advantage against the Central Arkansas Bears, who prefer a slower game. Despite the large -13 point spread, the Eagles’ fast-paced style should play a large role in them cruising to an easy victory. We recommend betting on Florida Gulf Coast to not only win but also cover the spread against Central Arkansas.