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

Florida Gulf Coast vs North Florida Pick & Preview: Thursday, February 9th Betting Odds

Eagles vs Ospreys Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Florida Gulf Coast Eagles at North Florida Ospreys
  • Where: Jacksonville at UNF Arena
  • Date: Thursday, February 9th
  • Betting Odds: Florida Gulf Coast +1, FLGC -110 | NFL -110 O/U 149.5

Eagles Preview:

Florida Gulf Coast heads into this matchup having played 25 games and have an overall record sitting at 14-11. So far, the Eagles have played 12 games on the road, with a record of 4-8. For the season, Florida Gulf Coast has been the underdog in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 3-5. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Eagles being +1 point underdogs.

Florida Gulf Coast will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Isaiah Thompson who is averaging 14.68 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 Chase Johnston who has hit 40.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.17 points per game.

Florida Gulf Coast comes into today’s matchup vs North Florida, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 77.4 points per game. Through 25 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.

Ospreys Preview:

The North Florida Ospreys will be looking to pick up their 25th win of the season and are in the middle of a 2 game win streak. Currently, the Ospreys have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 8-1. The Ospreys’ are sitting with a betting line that is -1 points in their favor. For the season, North Florida has been favored to win in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 6-1.

Carter Hendricksen comes into today’s game as the Ospreys’ leading scorer at 16.54 points per contest. Not only has Hendricksen been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is North Florida’s top rebounder at 6.29 boards per contest. Behind Hendricksen, the team has benefited from the strong play of Jose Placer, who is second on the team in scoring at 13.67 points per game. Overall, he has hit 40.9% of his shots and is adding 2.33 boards per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for North Florida this season, as they are currently ranked 283rd in college basketball at 68.5 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 Ospreys’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.9%, placing them 259th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: North Florida Ospreys -1

If you are eying this matchup between Florida Gulf Coast Eagles and North Florida Ospreys as a candidate to place a bet, we have done the work for you and our model recommends taking North Florida to cover the spread as -1 favorites on the road. Although both team’s are going to look to get up shots from outside, we see North Florida shooting well enough to keep the Eagles at bay. Before tip-off, lock in a bet on the Ospreys’ to win the game and cover the spread.