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North Florida vs Kennesaw State Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 14th Betting Odds
Ospreys vs Owls Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: North Florida Ospreys at Kennesaw State Owls
- Where: Kennesaw at KSU Convocation Center
- Date: Saturday, January 14th
- Betting Odds: North Florida +6.5, NFL +225 | KENEST -286 O/U 148.5
Heading into today’s matchup vs Kennesaw State, the North Florida Ospreys will be taking the floor for the 18th time this season and have an overall record of 7-10. On the road, the Ospreys will be playing their 11th game of the season, having gone 1-10. So far, the Ospreys have been the underdog 10 times, going 0-10 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +6.5 underdogs on the spread.
Carter Hendricksen comes into today’s game as the Ospreys’ leading scorer at 14.18 points per contest. Not only has Hendricksen been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is North Florida’s top rebounder at 6.35 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 13.06 points per game. Overall, he has hit 37.6% of his shots and is adding 3.71 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.
The Kennesaw State Owls will be looking to pick up their 19th win of the season and are in the middle of a 2 game win streak. Currently, the Owls have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 7-1. The Owls’ are sitting with a betting line that is -6.5 points in their favor. For the season, Kennesaw State has been favored to win in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 6-1.
Kennesaw State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Chris Youngblood who is averaging 14.56 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 game plan is the play of Terrell Burden who has hit 50.3% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.89 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%.
Free Spread Prediction: Kennesaw State Owls -6.5
Heading into this matchup, with the Kennesaw State Owls sitting as -6.5 point favorites, we like them to pick up the win and cover the spread. Both team’s will be coming into the game looking to get up shots from outside, as Kennesaw State and North Florida are averaging 8.32 and 9.55 made 3’s per game, respectively. One trend that we feel strongly about is the fact that Kennesaw State has historically performed well against the spread at home, going 7-3 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Owls to cover at -6.5.