The Florida Atlantic Owls (2-2) and the Missouri State Bears (3-2) battle in the Gulf Coast Showcase at Germain Arena. Action starts at 1:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 22, 2017.
Missouri State Bears vs. Florida Atlantic Owls Betting Preview
The Bears defeated the Manhattan Jaspers in their last contest, 69-65. With 12 points and six rebounds, Obediah Church put together a solid game for Missouri State. Missouri State dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.364 (above their season average of 0.209) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 35.3 (below their season average of 37.8). For those same stats, Manhattan put up marks of 0.208 and 21.9, respectively.
The last time the Owls played, they defeated the Northern Illinois Huskies, 77-67. With 19 points on 8-for-15 shooting, Ronald Delph was Florida Atlantics high scorer. The Owls had an effective field goal percentage of 0.533 (above their season average of 0.427) and had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (30.6 vs. 25.0).
Florida Atlantic could put on a ball-control clinic in this contest. Since last season, Florida Atlantic ranks 36th in the NCAA at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.6 percent), while Missouri State has forced the 53rd-fewest turnovers (17.1 percent).
The Bears have had a respectable 20-18 straight up (SU) record since last season, but are just 13-18-2 against the spread (ATS). Vegas has had a tendency to set the total low when Missouri State is involved since last season as 69.7 percent of their games have gone over the O/U total.
The Owls, on the other hand, have records of 12-22 SU and 13-15-1 ATS since last season. Vegas has been fairly accurate when setting the O/U total of Florida Atlantic games over that same stretch with 15 unders compared to 12 overs.
Missouri State Bears vs. Florida Atlantic Owls Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Missouri State, ATS Winner – Missouri State, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Bears rank 247th in assists per game (12.1) while the Owls rank 257th (11.9).
- Missouri State ranks 21st in rebounds allowed per game (31.6) while Florida Atlantic ranks 291st (38.7).
- The Owls rank 13th in three pointers allowed per game (17.2) while the Bears rank 100th (20.2).
- Florida Atlantic ranks 184th in steals per game (5.8) while Missouri State ranks 226th (5.3).