Florida Atlantic Owls vs Old Dominion Monarchs Prediction, 1/8/2021 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Florida Atlantic Owls vs Old Dominion Monarchs
Date: Friday, January 8, 2021
Location: Chartway Arena in Norfolk, VA
Odds/Point Spread: Florida Atlantic (+8)
The Old Dominion Monarchs (5-3) play the Florida Atlantic Owls (5-4) at Chartway Arena on Friday. Old Dominion opens this contest as 8-point favorites. The over/under is set at 136.
Florida Atlantic will enter this game with a win-loss mark of 5-4 this year. They have an average of 84.9 points per outing (22nd in the country) while connecting on 47.5% from the floor. The Owls are hitting 38.5% on shots from 3-point land (94 of 244) and 65.0% from the free throw line. As a team, Florida Atlantic is grabbing 41.1 boards per contest and has 147 assists on the campaign, which is 83rd in D-1 in terms of passing. They lose possession by turning the ball over 11.3 times per contest and as a squad are committing 17.2 personal fouls every game. On the defensive end, the Owls are able to force 17.3 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 17.4 fouls. They are ranked 112th in college hoops in allowing assists with 93 relinquished on the year. The Owls defensively are giving up and opponent field goal percentage of 42.3% (210 of 497) and they relinquish 32.7 boards per game as a squad. They are relinquishing 35.7% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they rank 79th in college hoops in points per game allowed (65.3).
The Florida Atlantic Owls stepped onto the hardwood against the James Madison Dukes and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 79-70 in their last game. Florida Atlantic ended the contest with a 39.7% FG percentage (23 of 58) and knocked down 7 of their 26 shots from 3-point land. At the charity stripe, the Owls converted 17 of their 23 shots for a rate of 73.9%. Concerning hauling in boards, they earned 32 with 8 of them being of the offensive sort. They also distributed 12 assists for this game as well as having 7 steals and 2 blocks. Pertaining to defending, Florida Atlantic let their opponent shoot 39.7% from the floor on 23 out of 58 shooting. James Madison doled out 14 assists and had 9 steals for the matchup. In addition, the Dukes totaled 29 boards (4 offensive, 25 defensive) and got 2 blocked shots. James Madison finished 67.6% when shooting free throws by burying 25 of their 37 attempts. They also made 4 out of their 15 shots from beyond the arc.
Jailyn Ingram is a guy who played a role in this matchup. He was able to score 20 points on 6 of 13 shooting. He saw the court for 31 minutes played and totaled 8 boards. Ingram walked away from this one shooting 46.2% from the field and distributed 3 dimes. An additional guy that was a major factor in this contest for the Owls was Kenan Blackshear. He grabbed 3 rebounds and also earned 2 dimes. He ended up shooting 50.0% from the field in this game by connecting on 3-of-6 (14 points). When all was said and done, Blackshear was on the hardwood for 22 min.
Old Dominion has a win-loss record of 5-3 on the campaign. Old Dominion has totaled 568 points this season (71.0 per game) and they grab 37.0 boards per game. The Monarchs are responsible for committing 17.6 personal fouls every game while shooting 70.0% from the free throw line. On the offensive side of the court, the Monarchs are shooting 45.7% from the field, which has them ranked 132nd in the nation. Their rate of earning assists is at 13.8 times per contest (162nd in D-1) and they lose possession via turnover 13.5 times per contest. The Monarchs on the defensive side of the court are 217th in the country in points given up per game with 71.6. They are forcing their opponents into 12.5 TO's per game and allow teams to shoot 43.1% from the field (199th in college basketball). The Old Dominion defense allows 35.9% on 3-pointers (75 of 209) and their opposition makes 69.6% of their foul shots. They have conceded 13.1 assists and 32.8 boards every game, which is 197th and 79th in D-1.
The last time they took the hardwood, the Old Dominion Monarchs got the victory with a final of 71-66 against the FIU Panthers. The Monarchs pulled down 21 defensive boards and 8 offensive boards totaling 29 in the game. They turned away 2 tries while earning 11 steals for this game. The Panthers earned 25 fouls in this game which got the Monarchs to the charity stripe for a total of 29 tries. They were able to convert 22 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 75.9%. Pertaining to 3-point attempts, Old Dominion made 7 out of their 17 tries (41.2%). When all was said and done, the Monarchs went 21 for 47 from the field which had them shooting 44.7%. The Monarchs allowed the Panthers to make 23 of their 58 tries from the field which had them shooting 39.7% for the contest. They wrapped up this game 25.8% from beyond the perimeter by going 8 of 31 and finished the game at 12 out of 15 from the free throw line (80.0%). Regarding rebounds, Old Dominion allowed FIU to pull down 32 overall (12 on the offensive side).
Malik Curry ended up being important for the Monarchs in the matchup. He made 9 out of 17 for the game giving him a rate of 52.9%, which had him finishing with 27 points. Curry grabbed 2 boards in his 35 minutes and tallied 2 dimes for this game. Another guy that was pivotal for Old Dominion was A.J. Oliver. He was able to score 14 points in his 36 minutes on the court by going 4 of 5 from the floor in this contest. Oliver walked away from this one going 80.0% from the field in addition to contributing 2 assists and 4 boards.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Florida Atlantic (+8)
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