Planning on watching today’s Owls and Ospreys game? Catch the action at UNF Arena in Jacksonville, FL, as the Ospreys hosts this showdown at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. In this Atlantic Sun matchup, the Owls are the betting favorite against the Ospreys. The over/under for the game is 161 points.

KENNESAW STATE OWLS VS NORTH FLORIDA OSPREYS BETTING PICK

The Pick: North Florida Ospreys +1.5

This game will be played at UNF Arena at 7:00 ET on Thursday, January 18th.

WHY BET THE NORTH FLORIDA OSPREYS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-68 in favor of the Ospreys.
  • Not only will North Florida pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +1.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 161 points, and we like the under with a projected 143 points.

Is A Road Victory Likely for Favored Kennesaw State?

After winning their last three games, Kennesaw State has a record of 12-5. They are a perfect 7-0 at home, but just 3-5 on the road. As the favorite, they are 9-0.

So far, the Owls have gone 3-0 in Atlantic Sun play. In their last outing, they took down Florida Gulf Coast by a score of 78-75.

When looking at Kennesaw State’s ATS record this season, they are currently 8-6-1. As the favorite, the Owls have gone 6-2-1 vs. the spread this year. On the road, their ATS mark is 4-4, and over their last 10 games as the favorite, they are 7-2-1.

Today’s over/under line of 161 is higher than the average over/under line in Kennesaw State’s games this season (158.3). So far, the over/under record in their games is 10-5. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 156 points compared to their season average of 163.4 points per game.

In contrast to their season average of 84.9 points per game, the Kennesaw State had a below average performance. They scored 78 points against Florida Gulf Coast and had a field goal percentage of 45.8%. Currently leading the team in scoring is Simeon Cottle who comes into today’s matchup averaging 16.6. Terrell Burden also heads into the game with a PPG average of 15.1.

As they prepare for the upcoming game, Kennesaw State is focused on shoring up their defense, as they are currently allowing an average of 77.3 points per game (262nd). On average, opposing teams are hitting 6.2 threes per game vs. North Florida. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 26.8%.

Can North Florida Secure a Home Victory?

North Florida has been much better at home this season, going 4-2 compared to their 2-7 record on the road. They have won their last two games and are 9-9 overall.

They have been the underdog in 10 of their 18 games this season, going 3-7 in those games. They are 3-2 as the favorite.

North Florida has been solid against the spread this season, going 8-6-1. As the underdog, the Ospreys have gone 6-3-1 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, North Florida has a solid ATS mark of 6-3-1.

North Florida’s over/under record for the season sits at 6-8-1, and today’s line of 161 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this year (151.5). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 147 points, and their OU record in those games is 1-2.

In their latest game, North Florida’s offense looked good, scoring 82 points against Jacksonville. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 59.6% and made 19/25 free throws. For the season, the North Florida offense has struggled to get to the free-throw line, ranking just 323rd in terms of free-throw attempts per game. Their overall field goal percentage is currently 42%.

At present, the Ospreys’ defense is nationally ranked 211st, allowing 74.2 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, North Florida’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 39.5% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 29.0% this season.