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North Florida vs Central Arkansas Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 26th Betting Odds
Ospreys vs Bears Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: North Florida Ospreys at Central Arkansas Bears
- Where: Conway at Farris Center
- Date: Thursday, January 26th
- Betting Odds: North Florida -1, NFL -118 | CARK -105 O/U 158.0
Through 20 games, the North Florida Ospreys have an overall record of 8-12. So far, the Ospreys have played 12 games on the road, with a record of 1-11. This season, North Florida has been favored to win in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 5-0. For today’s contest, North Florida has a betting line set -1 points in their favor.
Carter Hendricksen comes into today’s game as the Ospreys’ leading scorer at 15.5 points per contest. Not only has Hendricksen been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is North Florida’s top rebounder at 6.15 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 13.05 points per game. Overall, he has hit 41.6% of his shots and is adding 2.35 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.
Central Arkansas heads into this matchup having played 21 games and have an overall record sitting at 6-15. Currently, the Bears have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 4-5. So far, the Bears have been the underdog 16 times, going 3-13 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1 underdogs on the spread.
Central Arkansas’ leading scorer this season is Camren Hunter, who is averaging 17.25 points per contest. So far, Hunter has accounted for 22.29% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.15 rebounds per game and 4.2 assists. Eddy Kayouloud is the second leading scorer for the Bears, averaging 12.9 points per game. Between him and Kayouloud, they are accounting for 39.8% 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 21 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: North Florida Ospreys -1
According to our key indicators, the best bet for today’s matchup between the Central Arkansas Bears and North Florida Ospreys is to get money down on the North Florida to win an cover as -1 point favorites. Even though the team has not been great vs the spread as the road team, we see them putting together a strong game from behind the arc, as they are one of the NCAA’s best 3-point shooting units at 9.55 made 3’s per game. When it comes time to getting your bets down, we like the North Florida Ospreys at -1.