Check out our free North Texas vs FIU pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Miami. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
North Texas vs FIU Pick & Preview: Monday, January 16th Betting Odds
Mean Green vs Golden Panthers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: North Texas Mean Green at FIU Golden Panthers
- Where: Miami at Ocean Bank Convocation Center
- Date: Monday, January 16th
- Betting Odds: North Texas -9, NTX -462 | FLINT +339 O/U 125.5
Mean Green Preview:
Through 18 games, the North Texas Mean Green have an overall record of 14-4. On the road, the Mean Green will be playing their 9th game of the season, having gone 7-2. This season, North Texas has been favored to win in 14 games, sitting with a mark of 12-2. For today’s contest, North Texas has a betting line set -9 points in their favor.
North Texas will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Tylor Perry who is averaging 17.69 points per game for the Mean Green. Perry 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 Mean Green’s offensive game plan is the play of Kai Huntsberry who has hit 35.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.17 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for North Texas this season, as they are currently ranked 385th in college basketball at 64.9 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 Mean Green’s 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 35.2%, placing them 168th in the NCAA.
Golden Panthers Preview:
Coming into today’s matchup, the FIU Golden Panthers are in the middle of a 2 game losing streak and have an overall record of 8-9. So far this season, FIU has played 11 games at home, sitting with a record of 8-3. For the season, FIU has been the underdog in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 2-7. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Golden Panthers being +9 point underdogs.
FIU will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Denver Jones who is averaging 18.93 points per game for the Golden Panthers. Jones 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 Golden Panthers’ offensive game plan is the play of Arturo Dean who has hit 46.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.53 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for FIU this season, as they are currently ranked 213th in college basketball at 70.8 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 Golden Panthers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 35.0%, placing them 180th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: FIU Golden Panthers +9
If you’re considering whether to make a bet against the spread in this matchup, we suggest betting on the FIU Golden Panthers team as +9 point underdogs. One obstacle that often hinders teams who are significant underdogs is being matched up against a team that can control the pace of the game. However, both FIU and North Texas come into today’s game with possession rates that are near the NCAA average. Given that the style of play won’t be a problem for the Golden Panthers and they have a 4-1 record against the spread in their last 5 games as underdogs, we think they will cover the spread at home.
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