CUSA foes will collide when the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (20-8, 11-5 CUSA) challenge the FIU Panthers (18-11, 9-7 CUSA) at the Thomas Assembly Center. Tip-off is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.
FIU Panthers at Louisiana Tech Bulldogs ATS Preview
The Panthers defeated the Charlotte 49ers in their last outing, 67-52. Osasumwen Osaghae was the game’s leading scorer with 19 points on 9-for-13 shooting. The Panthers held the 49ers to an effective field goal percentage of 0.373 (below their season average of 0.527) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 40.7 (above their season average of 29.4).
In the Bulldogs’ last game, they were defeated by the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers, 95-91. With 15 points and 10 rebounds, JaColby Pemberton played well for Louisiana Tech. Western Kentucky did a fantastic job of making free throws (32-36; 88.9 percent). Louisiana Tech, on the other hand, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 40.5 (above their season average of 30.0).
These two squads have already met once this season. The Bulldogs won 60-57. The Bulldogs dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.127 and a turnover percentage of 14.9. For those same stats, the Panthers were 0.086 and 20.5, respectively. Devon Andrews was the top overall scorer in the game with 22 points.
Looking at effective field goal percentage, this appears to be a balanced game. The sharp-shooting Louisiana Tech offense ranks 36th in the country in that metric at 0.535, while the stingy FIU defense is ranked 50th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.464). It could also be a sloppy game for the offense of the Panthers, which ranks 300th in ball protection (turnover percentage of 21.0 percent). They’ll be going up against the top-notch defense of the Bulldogs, which forces the 60th-most turnovers in the NCAA (21.5 percent).
FIU at Louisiana Tech ATS Prediction
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Louisiana Tech, ATS Winner – Louisiana Tech, O/U – Under
The Panthers rank 44th in three pointers attempted per game (25.6) while the Bulldogs rank 181st in three pointers allowed per game (22.3).
Louisiana Tech ranks 49th in assists allowed per game (11.0) while FIU ranks 126th (12.6).
Louisiana Tech ranks 80th in rebounds per game (37.4) while FIU ranks 275th in rebounds allowed per game (39.4).
The Bulldogs rank 12th in steals allowed per game (4.9) while the Panthers rank 204th (7.9).
FIU ranks first in blocks per game (6.6) while Louisiana Tech ranks 177th (2.4).
The Bulldogs’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.0, down from 10.7 for the season.
During their last five games, the Panthers have scored an average of 63.2 points per game (13.1 below their season average) and allowed an average of 64.8 points per game (6.8 below their season average).