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

Florida Gulf Coast vs Central Arkansas Pick & Preview: Monday, January 2nd Betting Odds

Eagles vs Bears Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Florida Gulf Coast Eagles at Central Arkansas Bears
  • Where: Conway at Farris Center
  • Date: Monday, January 2nd
  • Betting Odds: Florida Gulf Coast -9.5, FLGC -482 | CARK +361 O/U 151.5

Eagles Preview:

The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles head into today’s game in what will be their 15th game of the season, posting a record of 11-3. So far, the Eagles have played 6 games on the road, with a record of 3-3. This season, Florida Gulf Coast has been favored to win in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 7-0. For today’s contest, Florida Gulf Coast have a betting line set -9.5 points in their favor.

Florida Gulf Coast will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Isaiah Thompson who is averaging 13.64 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 gameplan is the play of Zach Anderson who has hit 50.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.43 points per game.

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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 14 games, they have hit 45.1% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Eagles’ have prefered to slow the game down, ranking 317th in possessions per game.

Bears Preview:

The Central Arkansas Bears head into today’s game in what will be their 15th game of the season, posting a record of 5-9. Currently, the Bears have been the home team 6 times, sitting with a record of 4-2. So far, the Bears have been the underdog 10 times, going 2-8 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +9.5 underdogs on the spread.

Central Arkansas’ leading scorer this season is Camren Hunter who is averaging 16.07 points per contest. So far, Hunter has accounted for 21.89% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.14 rebounds per game and 3.57 assists. Eddy Kayouloud is the second leading scorer for the Bears, averaging 14.79 points per game. Between him and Kayouloud, they are accounting for 42.0% 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 14 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.

Free Spread Prediction: Central Arkansas Bears +9.5

Our analysis of the Central Arkansas Bears vs Florida Gulf Coast Eagles game indicates that Central Arkansas will cover the spread as +9.5 point underdogs. We think the line for this matchup is too high, giving Central Arkansas an opportunity to cover. Even if they are behind throughout the game, the Bears have a strong chance of keeping the final score closer than oddsmakers are anticipating. In these cases, the better team’s pace of play can play a significant role in covering such a large spread. However, since both teams have possession rates that are close to the NCAA average, Central Arkansas won’t have to play an unfamiliar style of basketball. Our model recommends betting on the Central Arkansas Bears at +9.5.

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