The South Florida Bulls (4-5) will be at home in USF Sun Dome when they meet the FIU Golden Panthers (4-4). The games Over/Under (O/U) opened at 124.5 points with South Florida set as a 4.5-point favorite. Action starts at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, December 11, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN 3.
FIU Golden Panthers vs. South Florida Bulls Betting Preview
The Golden Panthers easily got past the South Alabama Jaguars in their last game, 87-58. Trejon Jacob was the top scorer from either team with 26 points on 10-for-16 shooting. FIU played a perfect game. They had a ridiculously low turnover percentage of 2.6 (better than their season average of 15.0) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.561 (above their season average of 0.487). For those same stats, South Alabama was 22.4 and 0.480, respectively.
In the Bulls last game, they were thoroughly outplayed by the Appalachian State Mountaineers, 84-61. With 14 points and five rebounds, South Florida’s Isaiah Manderson played well. Appalachian State forced the Bulls into a turnover percentage of 22.1 (above their season average of 18.6). South Florida, meanwhile, did a fantastic job of converting from the charity stripe (9-11; 81.8 percent).
Half-court execution will be critical when a pair of the NCAA’s slowest-paced teams clash. South Florida ranks 333rd in possessions per game (68.3) and FIU is 269th (68.5) since last season.
These two teams are complete opposites in terms of the O/U total. FIU games have finished over 75.0 percent of the time, while games involving South Florida have gone under 66.7 percent of the time. Looking at straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records, the Golden Panthers have a clear advantage. They are 4-4 SU and 3-1-1 ATS, while the Bulls are 4-5 SU and 2-3-1 ATS.
FIU Golden Panthers at South Florida Bulls Betting Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – South Florida, ATS Winner – FIU, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- FIU ranks 221st in three pointers attempted per game (18.8) while South Florida ranks 260th (16.8).
- The Golden Panthers average 6.4 steals per game, which ranks 119th in the nation. The Bulls rank 155th in steals allowed per game (7.9).
- South Florida ranks 198th in assists per game (12.2) while FIU ranks 234th (11.3).