CUSA foes will collide when the FIU Panthers (17-10, 8-6 CUSA) square off against the North Texas Mean Green (18-10, 12-3 CUSA) at the Ocean Bank Convocation Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 27, 2020.
North Texas Mean Green at FIU Panthers Betting Preview
In the Mean Green’s last contest, they lost a tough one against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs, 73-71. With 25 points on 9-for-15 shooting, Javion Hamlet was North Texas’ high scorer. Louisiana Tech held the Mean Green to an offensive rebounding percentage of 22.2 (below their season average of 30.0). North Texas, on the other hand, did a great job of converting from the free throw line (13-15; 86.7 percent).
The Panthers are trying to rebound after their 75-67 loss to the Southern Miss Golden Eagles in their last outing. Devon Andrews was the game’s high scorer with 24 points on 8-for-16 shooting. Southern Miss held the Panthers to an offensive rebounding percentage of 17.9 (below their season average of 29.3). FIU, meanwhile, forced the Golden Eagles into a turnover percentage of 27.5 (above their season average of 18.2).
This game should be a matchup of opposite styles. FIU prefers to play up-tempo (20th in possessions per game), while North Texas is methodical (341st in possessions per game). Additionally, the Mean Green rank fifth in effective field goal percentage (0.568), while the Panthers rank 54th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.463).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Mean Green won 74-56. The Mean Green dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 42.4 and a superb effective field goal percentage of 0.552. For those same stats, the Panthers recorded marks of 28.6 and 0.461, respectively. Osasumwen Osaghae had a stellar game with 11 points and six rebounds.
North Texas Mean Green at FIU Panthers Free Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – FIU, ATS Winner – FIU, O/U – Under
FIU ranks 48th in assists per game (14.7) while North Texas ranks 204th (11.9).
The Panthers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 4.0, down from 5.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Mean Green have scored an average of 72.4 points per game (0.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 65.2 points per game (1.8 above their season average).