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Kennesaw State vs North Florida Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 5th Betting Odds
Owls vs Ospreys Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Kennesaw State Owls at North Florida Ospreys
- Where: Jacksonville at UNF Arena
- Date: Thursday, January 5th
- Betting Odds: Kennesaw State +1, KENEST -105 | NFL -118 O/U 145.0
The Kennesaw State Owls will be looking to pick up their 16th win of the season and are in the middle of a 2 game win streak. On the road, the Owls will be playing their 8th game of the season, having gone 4-4. So far, the Owls have been the underdog 6 times, going 2-4 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1 underdogs on the spread.
Kennesaw State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Chris Youngblood who is averaging 13.67 points per game for the Owls. Youngblood 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 Owls’ offensive gameplan is the play of Terrell Burden who has hit 47.1% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.2 points per game.
On offense, Kennesaw State comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 444th in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Owls’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.8 points per game. So far, 38.45% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 36.5%.
North Florida will take the floor against the Owls with an overall record of 6-8. So far this season, North Florida has played 5 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-0. 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 4 games, sitting with a mark of 4-0.
Carter Hendricksen comes into today’s game as the Ospreys’ leading scorer at 14.21 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 Jarius Hicklen who is second on the team in scoring at 14.14 points per game. Overall, he has hit 39.7% of his shots and is adding 3.79 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 that 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 Kennesaw State Owls 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 Owls at bay. Before tip-off, lock in a bet on the Ospreys’ to win the game and cover the spread.
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