Rice Owls vs FIU Panthers Prediction, 2/19/2022 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Rice Owls vs FIU Panthers
Date: Saturday, February 19, 2022
Location: Ocean Bank Convocation Center in Miami, FL
The FIU Panthers (14-11) welcome the Rice Owls (14-10) at Ocean Bank Convocation Center on Saturday.
The Rice Owls faced off with North Texas and went home with a loss by a final score of 67-44 in their last contest. Rice ended the contest having earned a 31.9% FG percentage (15 out of 47) and converted 3 out of their 13 shots from downtown. From the free throw line, the Owls knocked down 11 of 12 shots for a rate of 91.7%. With regard to pulling down boards, they collected 27 with 5 of them being offensive. They also distributed 9 assists in this contest in addition to forcing the other team into 6 turnovers and earning 3 steals. Regarding defending, Rice allowed 43.1% from the field on 25 of 58 shooting. North Texas dished out 11 assists and had 3 steals for the game. On top of that, North Texas had 39 boards (13 offensive, 26 defensive), but didn't record a block for the team. North Texas finished 66.7% from the charity stripe by making 10 of their 15 attempts. They also converted 7 out of their 19 attempts from beyond the arc. When it comes to personal fouls, the Owls ended up finishing with 14 and North Texas racked up 15 personal fouls.
Mylyjael Poteat is one guy who was important for this game. He finished the game at 66.7% from the field but had no assists when the time ran out. He played 24 minutes and also pulled down 6 rebounds. He ended up walking away with 12 points on 4 of 6 shooting.
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Rice heads into this one with a record of 14-10 on the campaign. They lose possession via turnover 13.0 times per contest and as a unit are committing 14.0 fouls per game. As a team, Rice is grabbing 36.5 boards per game and has racked up 386 assists for the season, which is 50th in D-1 in terms of passing the ball. The Owls are hitting 37.9% on 3-point shots (227 of 599) and 72.9% from the charity stripe. They currently have an average of 75.8 points per game (70th in college hoops) while connecting on 46.4% from the field.
Defensively, the Owls are forcing their opponents into 10.3 turnovers every game and they draw 16.5 personal fouls. They are relinquishing 33.2% on 3-pointers and they rank 282nd in the nation in points per game allowed (72.8). The Owls defensively are giving up an opponent FG percentage of 43.7% (673 of 1,539) and they relinquish 34.5 rebounds per game as a team. They rank 238th in college basketball in giving up assists to the opposition with 335 relinquished on the campaign.
When they last stepped on the court, the FIU Panthers got the win with a final of 72-71 when they faced Marshall. The Panthers were able to collect 25 defensive boards and 3 offensive rebounds totaling 28 in this game. They also coughed up the ball 19 times, while earning 13 steals in the matchup. Marshall was called for 19 personal fouls for the game which got the Panthers to the charity stripe for a total of 20 tries. They were able to knock down 16 of the free throw attempts for a percentage of 80.0%. Regarding shots from downtown, FIU buried 6 of their 15 attempts (40.0%). When the game finished, the Panthers finished 25 out of 49 from the floor which gave them a rate of 51.0%. The Panthers allowed Marshall to make 27 of their 60 attempts from the field which gave them a percentage of 45.0% for this contest. They finished the game shooting 32.1% from distance by going 9 of 28 and ended up going 8 out of 11 from the free throw line (72.7%). When it comes to attacking the glass, FIU permitted Marshall to grab 28 overall (7 on the offensive glass).
Clevon Brown was important for the Panthers for the matchup. He had 15 points in his 25 mins of playing time and accounted for 2 dimes for this game. He converted 7 out of 10 in this contest for a field goal percentage of 70.0%, and added 7 rebounds.
FIU has a win-loss mark of 14-11 this season. The Panthers commit 15.3 personal fouls every game and they connect on 70.2% from the charity stripe. They are dishing out assists 14.6 times per contest (84th in college hoops) and they cough up possession 14.2 times per contest. FIU has 1,812 pts on the season (72.5 per game) and they grab 35.7 boards per game. When it comes to executing on offense, the Panthers are shooting 43.6% from the floor, which ranks 207th in D-1.
The Panthers defensively are ranked 207th in the country in PPG given up with 70.0. They are forcing 13.7 turnovers on a nightly basis and allow teams to shoot 41.8% from the field (115th in the country). The FIU defense allows 32.4% on shots from beyond the perimeter (183 of 565) and opponents are connecting on 70.3% of their foul shots. They relinquish 13.3 dimes and 37.0 rebounds per game, which has them ranked 240th and 305th in Division 1.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take FIU
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