Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Black Bears versus the Golden Panthers? Tip off is at at 7:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Ocean Bank Convocation Center in Miami, FL. The odds for this non-conference game currently have the Golden Panthers as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 136 points.

MAINE BLACK BEARS VS FIU GOLDEN PANTHERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: FIU Golden Panthers -3

This game will be played at Ocean Bank Convocation Center at 7:00 ET on Thursday, December 21st.

WHY BET THE FIU GOLDEN PANTHERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-69 in favor of the Golden Panthers.
  • Not only will FIU pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -3.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 136 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.

Can the Maine Offense Score Enough on the Road?

Maine enters their matchup with FIU with a record of 8-5. When playing on the road, the Black Bears are 5-4 and they are 0-1 at home this season. Maine enters today’s game with a 5-5 ATS record. Over their last five games, the team has gone 4-1 ATS.

So far, Maine’s games have averaged 132.4 points per game with the average over/under line being 136 points. The Black Bears have an over/under record of 1-2 in their last three games, with their games averaging 129 points per game.

The Maine offense, in their latest game, managed to score just 51 points versus UCF. During the game, they attempted 19 three-point shots and had a field goal percentage of 34.4%. Kellen Tynes is leading the team in scoring at 13.5 points per contest. Peter Filipovity has also been a key contributor with a PPG average of 13.2 going into the game.

In the current season, the Maine defense has excelled, sitting 30th in the nation by allowing 63.0 points per game. In their previous game vs. UCF, the Knights finished with a field goal percentage of 46% and a total of 74 points vs. Maine.

Can the FIU Offense Score Enough at Home?

FIU comes into their 14th game of the season with a record of 4-9. In their previous ten home games, including last year, FIU has a record of 4-6. Taking a closer look at FIU’s ATS performance, they currently hold a 5-6 record. In their previous five games, their ATS record stands at 1-3.

Through 13 games, FIU has an over/under record of 6-5-0 with their games averaging a combined 148.2 points per game so far. In the Golden Panthers’ last five games, the combined scoring average stands at 153 points per game, accompanied by an over/under record of 1-3.

Coming off their recent game, the FIU offense tallied 60 points in a matchup against Florida Atlantic. Their field goal percentage for the game was 35.9%, and they made 11 threes. The team’s top scorer is Arturo Dean, who comes into today’s matchup with an average of 12.1, while Javaunte Hawkins also maintains a PPG average of 9.8 leading up to the game.

Currently, the Golden Panthers’ defense holds the 212nd rank in the nation, allowing 74.2 points per game. FIU’s defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the Florida Atlantic offense to knock down 64% of their shots on their way to putting up 94 points.