CUSA foes will collide when the Old Dominion Monarchs (7-13, 3-4 CUSA) go head-to-head with the Florida Atlantic Owls (12-8, 4-3 CUSA) at Chartway Arena. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 25, 2020.
Florida Atlantic Owls vs. Old Dominion Monarchs Free Preview
In the Owls’ last matchup, they lost a close one to the Charlotte 49ers, 70-68. Florida Atlantic’s Richardson Maitre had 13 points, five rebounds and five assists in the game. Charlotte did a terrific job of converting from the free throw line (16-22; 72.7 percent). Florida Atlantic, meanwhile, held the 49ers to an offensive rebounding percentage of 8.3 (below their season average of 21.6).
The Monarchs are hoping for a better outcome after their 83-80 loss to the FIU Panthers in their last outing. With 15 points and seven rebounds, Old Dominion’s Kalu Ezikpe played well. FIU did a terrific job of making free throws (14-20; 70.0 percent). Old Dominion, meanwhile, had a turnover percentage of 7.5 (better than their season average of 16.4).
Second-chance points could be hard to come by for Florida Atlantic in this contest. The Owls are among the country’s elite on the offensive glass, ranking 151st in offensive rebounding percentage at 29.4 percent. Meanwhile, Old Dominion ranks ninth in the country at corralling defensive rebounds with a defensive rebounding percentage of 78.2 percent.
This is the first time these teams will battle this year. The Owls won the only game played against each other last season, 80-73. The Owls dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a solid free throw rate of 0.314 and a phenomenal effective field goal percentage of 0.627. For those same stats, the Monarchs had marks of 0.193 and 0.544, respectively.
Florida Atlantic Owls vs. Old Dominion Monarchs Free Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Florida Atlantic, ATS Winner – Florida Atlantic, O/U – Over
The Owls rank 182nd in assists per game (12.2) while the Monarchs rank 247th (9.6).
Old Dominion averages 38.7 rebounds per game, which ranks 58th in the country. Florida Atlantic ranks 84th in rebounds allowed per game (33.6).
Florida Atlantic ranks 67th in three pointers attempted per game (25.0) while Old Dominion ranks 256th (18.0).
The Owls rank second in blocks allowed per game (1.8) while the Monarchs rank 142nd (4.2).
Old Dominion ranks 18th in steals allowed per game (5.0) while Florida Atlantic ranks 100th (6.3).
The Monarchs’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 1.6, up from 1.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Owls have scored an average of 73.8 points per game (1.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 77.8 points per game (9.3 above their season average).