Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs FIU Panthers Prediction, 3/8/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs vs FIU Panthers
Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2023
Location: Ford Center at the Star in Frisco, TX
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (14-17) are en route to Ford Center at the Star on Wednesday where they will attempt to beat the FIU Panthers (14-17).
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs took the court against Florida Atlantic and walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 76-72 in their last contest. With respect to fouls, the Bulldogs ended up with 18 while Florida Atlantic finished the game with 12 fouls. They also converted 9 out of their 23 attempts from long range. Florida Atlantic shot 70.8% when shooting free throws by knocking down 17 of their 24 attempts. In addition, Florida Atlantic grabbed 25 rebounds (6 offensive, 19 defensive), but didn't notch a block. Florida Atlantic doled out 14 dimes and had 6 steals in this contest. In relation to the defense, Louisiana Tech allowed the other team to go 46.3% from the floor on 25 of 54 shooting. They also doled out 6 assists for the contest as well as creating 9 turnovers and having 8 steals. In regard to getting rebounds, they earned a total of 29 with 8 of them being offensive. From the free throw line, the Bulldogs made 14 of 15 attempts for a percentage of 93.3%. Louisiana Tech wrapped up the contest with a 45.6% FG percentage (26 out of 57) and converted 6 out of their 17 shots from distance.
Isaiah Crawford is a guy who came through in this game. He finished 53.3% from the field and also earned 3 assists. He saw the court for 38 minutes and collected 2 rebounds. He notched 20 points on 8 of 15 shooting.
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Louisiana Tech will enter this contest with a win-loss mark of 14-17 on the year. They have an average of 72.8 pts per contest (158th in Division 1) while hitting 44.5% from the floor. The Bulldogs are shooting 34.7% on shots from 3-point land (270 of 779) and 73.6% from the charity stripe. As a team, Louisiana Tech is collecting 34.7 rebounds per game and has 394 assists for the season, which has them ranked 219th in Division 1 in terms of passing. They lose possession via turnover 13.6 times per game and as a basketball team are committing 17.3 personal fouls every game.
When they are on the defensive end, the Bulldogs are forcing 15.1 turnovers per game and they draw 15.9 fouls. They are currently ranked 278th in college hoops in allowing assists with 442 surrendered for the season. The Bulldogs defensively are giving up an opponent shooting percentage of 44.3% (737 of 1,665) and they relinquish 32.5 boards per contest as a unit. They are surrendering 37.0% on shots from beyond the perimeter and they rank 181st in college hoops in opponents points per game (70.0).
When they last stepped on the court, the FIU Panthers got the win with a final of 90-83 when they faced Rice. Concerning rebounding, FIU permitted Rice to snag 28 in all (8 on the offensive glass). They shot 44.0% from behind the 3-point line by going 11 out of 25 and ended up shooting 12 of 14 at the free throw line (85.7%). The Panthers permitted Rice to knock down 30 of 59 tries from the field which gave them a rate of 50.8% for the game. Overall, the Panthers ended up shooting 31 out of 63 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 49.2%. With regard to shots from downtown, FIU made 6 of 16 attempts (37.5%). They were able to bury 22 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 84.6%. Rice committed 19 personal fouls for this game which took the Panthers to the free throw line for 26 tries. They also gave up possession 10 times, while recording 7 steals in this contest. The Panthers earned 20 defensive boards and 11 offensive boards totaling 31 for this contest.
Denver Jones pitched in for the Panthers in this matchup. He tallied 30 points in his 33 mins on the hardwood, but wasn't able to notch an assist. He converted 9 out of 18 in the matchup giving him a rate of 50.0%, and accounted for 6 rebounds.
FIU has a record of 14-17 on the year. The Panthers are committing 17.1 personal fouls every game and they go 71.9% from the free throw line. They are earning an assist 12.5 times per game (235th in college basketball) and they are turning it over 14.8 times per contest. FIU has totaled 2,263 pts so far this season (73.0 per contest) and they average 31.6 boards per game. When it comes to offensive execution, the Panthers are hitting on 46.6% from the floor, which ranks 62nd in the country.
The FIU defense gives up 36.1% on shots from behind the 3-point line (269 of 746) and opponents are knocking down 74.6% of their free throw attempts. They have relinquished 14.2 assists and 37.7 rebounds per game, which ranks them 291st and 342nd in those categories. The Panthers on defense are ranked 312th in college hoops in points allowed per game with 74.9. They are able to force 16.5 TO's every game and have allowed teams to shoot 44.4% from the field (230th in college hoops).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Louisiana Tech
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