Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs FIU Panthers Prediction, 2/9/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs FIU Panthers
Date: Thursday, February 9, 2023
Location: Ocean Bank Convocation Center in Miami, FL
The FIU Panthers (12-12) will go up against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (13-10) at Ocean Bank Convocation Center on Thursday.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs stepped onto the hardwood against Rice and took home the win by a score of 80-72 in their last contest. When discussing fouls, the Bulldogs ended up finishing with 14 and Rice had 14 fouls. They converted 9 of their 24 tries from distance. Rice ended up going 78.6% at the charity stripe by making 11 of 14 attempts. Additionally, Rice pulled down 38 rebounds (12 offensive, 26 defensive), but couldn't earn a rejection. Rice doled out 13 dimes and had 4 steals in the game. Concerning defending, Louisiana Tech allowed the other team to go 46.4% from the floor on 26 of 56 shooting. They also recorded 14 dimes in the game while forcing the opposition into 14 turnovers and earning 9 steals. When discussing rebounding, they earned 26 with 6 of them being of the offensive variety. From the charity stripe, the Bulldogs made 14 of their 16 tries for a percentage of 87.5%. Louisiana Tech ended the game having earned a 46.6% field goal percentage (27 of 58) and knocked down 12 out of their 26 shots from distance.
Cobe Williams is one guy who played a role in this game. He recorded 20 points on 5 out of 10 shooting. He saw the court for 34 mins and totaled 4 rebounds. He shot 50.0% from the field and earned 8 assists.
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Louisiana Tech will enter this contest with a win-loss mark of 13-10 for the season. They average 74.6 points per outing (118th in the country) on 45.5% from the floor. The Bulldogs are connecting on 35.4% on three-point shots (205 of 579) and 73.4% from the free throw line. As a team, Louisiana Tech is pulling in 34.4 boards per contest and has totaled 313 assists this season, which ranks 198th in the nation in terms of passing the rock. They turn the ball over 13.5 times per contest and as a unit they are committing 17.7 fouls on a nightly basis.
Defensively, the Bulldogs have forced 16.0 turnovers every game while drawing 16.5 personal fouls. They give up 36.2% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they are ranked 154th in college basketball in PPG from their opponents (68.6). The Bulldogs defense is allowing an opponent shooting percentage of 43.0% (532 of 1,238) and they relinquish 32.9 boards per game as a unit. They are 257th in college basketball in giving up assists with 332 relinquished on the campaign.
In their last game, the FIU Panthers took a loss by a final score of 76-72 when they faced UAB. The Panthers were able to corral 20 defensive rebounds and 6 offensive rebounds totaling 26 in this matchup. They coughed up the ball 13 times, while recording 14 steals for this contest. UAB committed 19 fouls in the game which took the Panthers to the free throw line for 17 shots. They were able to knock down 10 of those for a rate of 58.8%. With respect to shots from beyond the arc, FIU converted 6 out of their 22 tries (27.3%). Overall, the Panthers shot 28 for 64 from the floor which had them shooting 43.8%. The Panthers permitted UAB to make 29 out of their 60 tries from the floor which left them shooting 48.3% in the matchup. They finished 37.5% from beyond the perimeter by connecting on 6 of 16 and walked away from this one shooting 12 of 16 from the free throw line (75.0%). Regarding rebounds, FIU permitted UAB to snag 42 in total (11 on the offensive side).
Denver Jones ended up having an impact for the Panthers for the game. He had 22 points in his 38 mins of playing time and had 2 dimes in the game. He knocked down 7 of 13 for this game for a field goal percentage of 53.8%, and totaled 4 rebounds.
FIU has a record of 12-12 so far this year. The Panthers have committed 16.4 personal fouls every game while shooting 68.9% from the charity stripe. Their rate of earning assists is at 12.5 times per contest (234th in college hoops) and they turn it over 15.0 times per contest. FIU has 1,722 pts so far this season (71.8 per game) and they grab 31.9 boards per contest. As an offense, the Panthers are shooting 46.6% from the floor, which ranks them 64th in Division 1.
The Panthers on the defensive side of the court are 290th in D-1 in points given up per game with 73.5. They are forcing their opponents into 16.3 TO's per game and have allowed teams to shoot 43.9% from the field (216th in college basketball). The FIU defense gives up 35.6% on shots from 3-point land (208 of 584) and opponents are converting on 74.7% of their shots from the free throw line. They concede 14.2 dimes and 37.4 boards on a nightly basis, which ranks them 289th and 324th in Division 1.
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take FIU
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