CUSA foes will battle when the Florida Atlantic Owls (8-5) go head-to-head against the UTSA Roadrunners (6-7) at FAU Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 2, 2020.
UTSA Roadrunners vs. Florida Atlantic Owls Odds Preview
In the Roadrunners’ last matchup, they easily got past the Our Lady of the Lake Saints, 99-64. Keaton Wallace was the top scorer from either team with 30 points on 11-for-16 shooting. UTSA dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a ridiculous effective field goal percentage of 0.618 (above their season average of 0.483) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 41.7 (above their season average of 29.4). For those same stats, Our Lady of the Lake had marks of 0.344 and 30.6, respectively.
The Owls are trying to rebound after their 60-58 loss to the South Florida Bulls in their last game. Karlis Silins led Florida Atlantic in scoring with 12 points on 6-for-8 shooting. South Florida had a free throw rate of 0.222 (above their season average of 0.209). Florida Atlantic, meanwhile, held the Bulls to an offensive rebounding percentage of 26.9 (below their season average of 34.9).
Based on historical performance heading into this one, ball protection could play an integral role in this battle. UTSA commits the 53rd-fewest miscues in the country (turnover percentage of 18.0 percent), while the disruptive defense of Florida Atlantic forces the 49th-most (opponents’ turnover percentage of 23.2 percent).
This is the first time these teams will meet this year. The Roadrunners won the lone game played against each other last season, 86-74. UTSA had a better turnover percentage (10.3 vs. 14.8). Florida Atlantic, on the other hand, had a better offensive rebounding percentage (21.6 vs. 16.7).
UTSA Roadrunners vs. Florida Atlantic Owls Prediction
Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Florida Atlantic, ATS Winner – Florida Atlantic, O/U – Under
The Roadrunners rank 41st in steals allowed per game (5.1) while the Owls rank 105th (6.6).
Florida Atlantic ranks 52nd in rebounds allowed per game (32.4) while UTSA ranks 242nd (37.9).
The Owls average 24.0 three pointers per game, which ranks 92nd in the NCAA. The Roadrunners rank 197th in three pointers allowed per game (22.3).
Florida Atlantic ranks 11th in blocks allowed per game (2.2) while UTSA ranks 87th (3.5).
The Owls’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 16.4, up from 5.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Roadrunners have scored an average of 88.2 points per game (10.5 above their season average) and allowed an average of 69.6 points per game (4.8 below their season average).