Check out our free Florida Atlantic vs North Texas pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Denton. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Florida Atlantic vs North Texas Pick & Preview: Thursday, December 29th Betting Odds
Owls vs Mean Green Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Florida Atlantic Owls at North Texas Mean Green
- Where: Denton at UNT Coliseum
- Date: Thursday, December 29th
- Betting Odds: Florida Atlantic +2.5, FLATL +121 | NTX -148 O/U 125.5
Heading into today’s matchup vs North Texas, the Florida Atlantic Owls will be taking the floor for the 13th time this season and have an overall record of 11-1. So far, the Owls have played 4 games on the road, with a record of 3-1. For the season, Florida Atlantic has been the underdog in 2 games, sitting with a mark of 1-1. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Owls being +2.5 point underdogs.
Vladislav Goldin comes into today’s game as the Owls’ leading scorer at 10.67 points per contest. Not only has Goldin been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Florida Atlantic’s top rebounder at 5.67 boards per contest. Behind Goldin, the team has benefited from the strong play of Alijah Martin who is second on the team in scoring at 14.0 points per game. Overall, he has hit 47.8% of his shots and is adding 5.22 boards per game.
On offense, Florida Atlantic is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.2 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 12 games, they have only hit 34.9% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 43.09% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Mean Green Preview:
The North Texas Mean Green will be looking to pick up their 13th win of the season and are in the middle of a 5 game win streak. Currently, the Mean Green have been the home team 6 times, sitting with a record of 5-1. The Mean Green’s are sitting with a betting line that is -2.5 points in their favor. For the season, North Texas has been favored to win in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 8-1.
North Texas will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Tylor Perry who is averaging 17.2 points per game for the Mean Green. Perry 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 Mean Green’s offensive gameplan is the play of Abou Ousmane who has hit 49.2% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.33 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for North Texas this season, as they are currently ranked 385th in college basketball at 64.9 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 Mean Green’s 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 35.2%, placing them 168th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: North Texas Mean Green -2.5
Heading into this matchup, with the North Texas Mean Green sitting as -2.5 point favorites, we like them to pick up the win and cover the spread. Both team’s will be coming into the game looking to get up shots from outside, as North Texas and Florida Atlantic are averaging 8.33 and 8.82 made 3’s per game, respectively. One trend that we feel strongly about is the fact that North Texas has historically performed well against the spread at home, going 6-4 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Mean Green to cover at -2.5.
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