FIU Panthers vs Florida Gulf Coast Eagles Prediction, 12/16/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: FIU Panthers vs Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
Date: Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Location: Alico Arena in Fort Myers, FL
Odds/Point Spread: FIU (+1)
The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (3-1) play the FIU Panthers (4-1) at Alico Arena on Wednesday. FIU opens this contest as 1-point underdogs. The over/under has been set at 143.5.
FIU will take the court with a win-loss record of 4-1 for the campaign. They turn the ball over 13.6 times per contest and as a team they commit 20.2 fouls per contest. As a team, FIU is grabbing 40.2 rebounds per game and has accumulated 78 assists this season, which is 100th in Division 1 in terms of passing the ball. The Panthers are hitting 33.0% on shots beyond the perimeter (60 of 182) and 69.5% from the charity stripe. They are averaging 82.8 points per game (54th in D-1) while shooting 42.6% from the floor. Defensively, the Panthers have forced 16.8 turnovers per game while drawing 17.2 personal fouls. The Panthers defensively are giving up a FG percentage of 46.1% (142 of 308) and they concede 38.0 boards per game as a basketball team. They are currently ranked 175th in college basketball in allowing assists with 60 surrendered so far this season. They are giving up 39.0% on shots from beyond the arc and they are 257th in the country in points per game allowed (76.4).
The FIU Panthers stepped onto the hardwood against the North Florida Ospreys and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 80-77 in their last game. FIU ended the contest having earned a 41.8% field goal percentage (28 of 67) and made 9 of their 26 three-point shots. When they shot from the free throw line, the Panthers knocked down 12 of their 15 tries for a percentage of 80.0%. When talking about grabbing rebounds, they collected 30 with 12 of them being offensive. They also recorded 16 assists for this contest as well as earning 11 steals and 3 rejections. Pertaining to defending, FIU allowed their opponent to shoot 41.8% from the floor on 28 out of 67. North Florida totaled 12 assists and 6 steals for the contest. In addition, the Ospreys collected 33 boards (11 offensive, 22 defensive) and earned 3 blocked shots. North Florida finished the contest at 72.7% at the free throw line by knocking down 16 of 22 attempts. They also made 6 of their 17 tries from distance.
Tevin Brewer is someone who saw a lot of court time in the matchup. He accumulated 23 points on 9 out of 13 shooting. He saw the court for 34 mins played and pulled down 2 rebounds. Brewer walked away from this one shooting 69.2% from the field and distributed 3 assists. An additional guy that saw the court a lot in the game for the Panthers was Antonio Daye. He collected 5 rebounds and also accounted for 7 assists. He finished 38.5% from the field for this game by shooting 5-of-13 (12 points). When the game finished, Daye was on the hardwood for 34 min.
Florida Gulf Coast has a mark of 3-1 this year. Florida Gulf Coast has earned 279 pts so far this year (69.8 per contest) and they collect 36.8 rebounds per contest. The Eagles are responsible for committing 14.8 fouls per game and they go 64.7% from the charity stripe. When it comes to executing on offense, the Eagles are connecting on 44.0% from the field, which has them ranked 213th in college basketball. They are earning an assist 15.5 times per game (87th in D-1) and they lose possession via turnover 18.0 times per game. The Eagles on the defensive side of the court are 126th in college hoops in PPG surrendered with 67.0. They are able to force 15.8 TO's per game and have let teams shoot 46.0% from the floor (264th in the country). The Florida Gulf Coast defense concedes 30.5% from downtown (25 of 82) and their opponents are converting on 48.9% of their foul shots. They give up 11.0 dimes and 35.3 rebounds every game, which is ranked 86th and 152nd in college hoops.
In their last game, the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles went home victorious with a score of 66-62 when they played the Miami Hurricanes. The Eagles pulled down 17 defensive boards and 7 offensive rebounds for a total of 24 in this matchup. They stuffed 3 shots while recording 8 steals for this contest. The Hurricanes earned 15 personal fouls for the game which took the Eagles to the free throw line for a total of 16 shots. They were able to knock down 11 of the free throw tries for a rate of 68.8%. In regard to shooting from beyond the arc, Florida Gulf Coast converted 13 of their 30 tries (43.3%). When all was said and done, the Eagles ended up going 21 out of 56 from the field which gave them a rate of 37.5%. The Eagles permitted the Hurricanes to knock down 25 of their 59 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 42.4% in this game. They finished the game shooting 15.8% from downtown by connecting on 3 of 19 and walked away from this one shooting 9 of 13 from the free throw line (69.2%). Regarding how they cleaned up the glass, Florida Gulf Coast allowed Miami to collect 36 overall (11 on the offensive glass).
Eli Abaev ended up having an impact for the Eagles in this contest. He knocked down 5 out of 12 in this contest for a field goal percentage of 41.7%, which had him sitting at 11 points. Abaev grabbed 9 rebounds in his 39 minutes and had 3 assists for this contest. One more player that ended up playing a role for Florida Gulf Coast was Caleb Catto. He was able to score 18 points in his 32 minutes played via 7 of 12 from the floor for this game. Catto wrapped this one up going 58.3% from the floor and also totaling 2 dimes and 3 total rebounds.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take FIU (+1)
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