North Florida Ospreys at FIU Golden Panthers Free Prediction

Victor TrejosBasketball, College Basketball

A six-game home winning streak hangs in the balance for the FIU Golden Panthers (7-2) when they square off with the North Florida Ospreys (4-6) at Ocean Bank Convocation Center. Action starts at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 13, 2018.

North Florida Ospreys at FIU Golden Panthers Betting Odds

In their last game, the Golden Panthers easily got past the Webber International Warriors, 110-84, while the Ospreys were beaten by the Dayton Flyers, 78-70.

The Golden Panthers had a much better turnover percentage (14.8 vs. 22.4) and had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.571 vs. 0.412). North Florida, on the other hand, made eight of their 21 three pointers (38.1 percent). Brian Beard Jr. played a key role for FIU with 20 points, nine assists and six rebounds. Meanwhile, Noah Horchler had a solid performance for North Florida, finishing with 19 points and 12 rebounds.

The Ospreys won the sole contest between these two teams last season, 87-85. North Florida did a great job of making free throws (18-23; 78.3 percent). FIU, on the other hand, had a much better turnover percentage (7.8 vs. 20.7).

Garrett Sams has been playing at a high level as of late for North Florida, averaging 0 points over the last five games.

FIU could put on a ball-control clinic in this meeting. Since the 2017-18 season, FIU ranks 22nd in the country at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 15.7 percent), while North Florida has forced the 77th-fewest turnovers (14.9 percent).

North Florida Ospreys at FIU Golden Panthers Pick

Pick: SU Winner – FIU, O/U – Over

Betting Notes (2017-Present):

  • North Florida averages 35.9 rebounds per game, which ranks 62nd in the nation. FIU ranks 283rd in rebounds allowed per game (40.7).
  • The Ospreys rank 27th in blocks allowed per game (3.3) while the Golden Panthers rank 142nd (3.7).
  • FIU ranks 156th in assists allowed per game (13.7) while North Florida ranks 260th (17.4).
  • The Golden Panthers average 8.4 steals per game, which ranks 20th in the NCAA. The Ospreys rank 220th in steals allowed per game (8.7).
  • North Florida ranks 23rd in three pointers allowed per game (19.9) while FIU ranks 162nd (22.9).