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

Florida Gulf Coast vs Florida Atlantic Pick & Preview: Wednesday, December 7th Betting Odds

Eagles vs Owls Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Florida Gulf Coast Eagles at Florida Atlantic Owls
  • Where: Boca Raton at FAU Arena
  • Date: Wednesday, December 7th
  • Betting Odds: Florida Gulf Coast +8.5, FLGC +313 | FLATL -418 O/U 142.0

Eagles Preview:

Florida Gulf Coast heads into this matchup having played 9 games and have an overall record sitting at 7-2. On the road, the Eagles will be playing their 4th game of the season, having gone 2-2. So far, the Eagles have been the underdog 4 times, going 2-2 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +8.5 underdogs on the spread.

Florida Gulf Coast’s leading scorer this season is Isaiah Thompson who is averaging 13.44 points per contest. So far, Thompson has accounted for 18.11% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 1.78 rebounds per game and 1.89 assists. Zach Anderson is the second leading scorer for the Eagles, averaging 13.11 points per game. Between him and Anderson, they are accounting for 35.8% of the team’s scoring.

Florida Gulf Coast comes into today’s matchup vs Florida Atlantic, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 77.4 points per game. Through 9 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.

Owls Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Florida Gulf Coast, the Florida Atlantic Owls will be taking the floor for the 9th time this season and have an overall record of 7-1. Currently, the Owls have been the home team 4 times, sitting with a record of 4-0. The Owls’ are sitting with a betting line that is -8.5 points in their favor. For the season, Florida Atlantic has been favored to win in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 5-0.

Vladislav Goldin comes into today’s game as the Owls’ leading scorer at 11.62 points per contest. Not only has Goldin been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Florida Atlantic’s top rebounder at 5.38 boards per contest. Behind Goldin, the team has benefited from the strong play of Michael Forrest who is second on the team in scoring at 12.33 points per game. Overall, he has hit 42.4% of his shots and is adding 3.17 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 8 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.

Free Spread Prediction: Florida Gulf Coast Eagles +8.5

Our analysis for this game between Florida Atlantic Owls and the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles points to Florida Gulf Coast covering the spread as +8.5 point underdogs. We the line for this matchup being set too high, leaving an opportunity for Florida Gulf Coast to cover. Even if they are trailing throughout the game, the Eagles are an excellent candidate to keep the final score closer than oddsmakers are expecting. In these situations, the better team’s pace of play can play a large role in them being able to cover such a large spread. However, given that both sides are near the NCAA average in possessions per game, Florida Gulf Coast won’t be forced to play an unfamiliar style of basketball. Heading into the game, our model recommends locking in a bet on the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles at +8.5.