The FIU Golden Panthers (11-13, 5-6 CUSA), 11-point underdogs, will be at Henderson Center to square off with the Marshall Thundering Herd (15-8, 6-4 CUSA) in a CUSA matchup. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 155 points and action begins at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 8, 2018.
FIU Golden Panthers at Marshall Thundering Herd Betting Odds
Both teams were victorious in their last game. The Thundering Herd defeated the UTEP Miners 74-65, while the Golden Panthers barely escaped the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 71-68.
The Golden Panthers had an extraordinarily low turnover percentage of 8.1 (better than their season average of 13.5), while the Bulldogs had a free throw rate of 0.211 (below their season average of 0.288). Meanwhile, Marshall dominated nearly every stat category in their game. They had a free throw rate of 0.237 (below their season average of 0.265) and a turnover percentage of 16.1 (worse than their season average of 15.8). For those same stats, UTEP had marks of 0.186 and 20.5, respectively. Jon Elmore had a good outing for Marshall, putting up 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists. FIU was lifted by Brian Beard Jr., who had 19 points, 10 assists and five steals.
This game should be a battle of contrasting styles. Marshall prefers an up-and-down style of play (third in possessions per game), while FIU is more half-court-oriented (132nd in possessions per game).
Just over half of the Golden Panthers’ games have finished over the total. FIU comes into the contest with records of 11-13 straight up (SU) and 11-5-2 against the spread (ATS).
Vegas is extremely precise when predicting totals of Thundering Herd games, with an even split between overs and unders. Moreover, Marshall owns records of 15-8 SU and 12-8 ATS.
Beard Jr. has been superb as of late for FIU, averaging 19.6 points, 6.2 assists and 2.2 steals over the last five games.
The Thundering Herd won the sole game between these two teams last year, 94-70. Marshall’s 0.669 effective field goal percentage was its largest advantage over FIU, who had a mark of 0.467. This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.
FIU Golden Panthers vs. Marshall Thundering Herd Betting Pick
Pick: SU Winner – Marshall, ATS Winner – Marshall, O/U – Under
Marshall ranks 14th in assists per game (17.3) while FIU ranks 240th (11.8).
The Golden Panthers rank eighth in steals allowed per game (4.5) while the Thundering Herd rank 127th (6.5).
Marshall averages 6.1 blocks per game, which ranks fifth in the nation. FIU ranks 119th in blocks allowed per game (3.5).
The Thundering Herd rank 14th in three pointers attempted per game (28.3) while the Golden Panthers rank 203rd (19.8).
Marshall averages 36.0 rebounds per game, which ranks 128th in the nation. FIU ranks 281st in rebounds allowed per game (40.3).
Marshall is 7-3 ATS at home, while FIU is 6-2 ATS on the road.
The total has gone over in 4 of the Golden Panthers’ 8 road games, while 5 of the Thundering Herd’s 10 home games have gone over.
The Golden Panthers are 4-1 ATS over their last five games, while the Thundering Herd are 3-2.
In their last five games, FIU has 3 unders and 2 overs, while Marshall has 4 unders and 1 over.
During their last five games, the Golden Panthers have scored an average of 71.4 points per game (0.5 above their season average) and allowed an average of 67.8 points per game (2.2 below their season average).
The Thundering Herd’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.4, down from 4.6 for the season.