FIU Panthers vs. Old Dominion Monarchs Free Prediction 01/23/20

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The FIU Panthers (13-6, 4-2 CUSA) will be at Chartway Arena to go head-to-head with the Old Dominion Monarchs (7-12, 3-3 CUSA) in a CUSA matchup. The game can be seen on ESPNU at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 23, 2020.

FIU Panthers vs. Old Dominion Monarchs Betting Odds

Both teams were victorious over their last opponent. The Monarchs defeated the Charlotte 49ers 66-62, while the Panthers beat the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders 83-69.

The Panthers forced 15 turnovers and held the Blue Raiders to an effective field goal percentage of 0.440 (below their season average of 0.496). Meanwhile, Old Dominion played a nearly flawless game. They had a turnover percentage of 10.2 (better than their season average of 16.7) and a free throw rate of 0.222 (above their season average of 0.182). Charlotte had marks of 21.6 and 0.191, respectively, for those same stats. Jason Wade played well for Old Dominion, contributing 23 points and five rebounds. FIU was led by Osasumwen Osaghae, who contributed 18 points and 11 rebounds.

The Monarchs won the sole contest between these two teams last season, 75-74. Old Dominion had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (40.0 vs. 16.2). FIU, meanwhile, had a much better free throw rate (0.250 vs. 0.119). This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.

It could be an error-filled game for the Old Dominion offense. Old Dominion ranks 174th in the country in ball protection (turnover percentage of 19.3 percent), while the pesky defense of FIU forces the 45th-most turnovers in the nation (23.0 percent). Contrasting paces will be on display in this matchup. The up-tempo Panthers rank 10th in possessions per game, while the more methodical Monarchs rank 303rd.

FIU at Old Dominion Free Pick

Free College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Old Dominion, ATS Winner – Old Dominion, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • Old Dominion averages 38.8 rebounds per game, which ranks 57th in the NCAA. FIU ranks 278th in rebounds allowed per game (41.3).
  • The Monarchs rank 20th in steals allowed per game (5.0) while the Panthers rank 171st (7.5).
  • FIU ranks third in blocks per game (6.9) while Old Dominion ranks 144th in blocks allowed per game (4.1).
  • The Panthers rank 24th in assists per game (16.1) while the Monarchs rank 242nd (9.3).
  • FIU ranks 36th in three pointers attempted per game (26.7) while Old Dominion ranks 251st (17.9).

Bettings Trends:

  • The Panthers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.8, down from 8.1 for the season.
  • During their last five games, the Monarchs have scored an average of 61.4 points per game (1.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 61.2 points per game (2.2 below their season average).