Check out our free FIU vs UTSA pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in San Antonio. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
FIU vs UTSA Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 21st Betting Odds
Golden Panthers vs Roadrunners Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: FIU Golden Panthers at UTSA Roadrunners
- Where: San Antonio at UTSA Convocation Center
- Date: Saturday, January 21st
- Betting Odds: FIU -4.5, FLINT -200 | UTSA +161 O/U 147.5
Golden Panthers Preview:
Heading into today’s matchup vs UTSA, the FIU Golden Panthers will be taking the floor for the 20th time this season and have an overall record of 8-11. On the road, the Golden Panthers will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 0-7. So far, the Golden Panthers have been favored 6 times, going 4-2 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have FIU as -4.5 point favorites.
FIU will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Denver Jones who is averaging 18.88 points per game for the Golden Panthers. Jones 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 Golden Panthers’ offensive game plan is the play of Arturo Dean who has hit 47.3% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.95 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for FIU this season, as they are currently ranked 213th in college basketball at 70.8 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Golden Panthers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 35.0%, placing them 180th in the NCAA.
UTSA will be looking to pick up a win in today’s game vs FIU in order to snap their current 5 game losing streak. So far this season, UTSA has played 13 games at home, sitting with a record of 7-6. For the season, UTSA has been the underdog in 13 games, sitting with a mark of 2-11. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Roadrunners being +4.5 point underdogs.
Important to the outcome of the game, is if Japhet Medor will be able to suit up for the Roadrunners’. Heading into play, Medor leads the team at 13.68 points per game. So far, he has an effective field goal percentage of 45.1% while also adding 3.53 rebounds. Even if Japhet Medor ends up playing, UTSA will be counting on John Buggs III to continue his solid play for the team. Currently, III is the Roadrunners’ second leading scorer at 11.05 points per game. So far, he has hit 37.7% of his field goal attempts.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for UTSA this season, as they are currently ranked 319th in college basketball at 67.3 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Roadrunners’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 29.4%, placing them 487th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: FIU Golden Panthers -4.5
According to our key indicators, the best bet for today’s matchup between the UTSA Roadrunners and FIU Golden Panthers is to get money down on the FIU to win an cover as -4.5 point favorites. Even though the team has not been great vs the spread as the road team, we see them putting together a strong game from behind the arc, as they are one of the NCAA’s best 3-point shooting units at 9.62 made 3’s per game. When it comes time to getting your bets down, we like the FIU Golden Panthers at -4.5.