The FIU Panthers (10-4, 1-0 CUSA) will attempt to extend a five-game home winning streak when they challenge the UTSA Roadrunners (6-8, 0-1 CUSA) at Ocean Bank Convocation Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 4, 2020.
UTSA Roadrunners vs. FIU Panthers Free Preview
In the Roadrunners’ last outing, they lost to the Florida Atlantic Owls, 79-64. With 27 points on 10-for-23 shooting, Keaton Wallace was the game’s high scorer. Florida Atlantic did a terrific job of making free throws (18-24; 75.0 percent). UTSA, on the other hand, held the Owls to an offensive rebounding percentage of 19.4 (below their season average of 33.3).
The Panthers come in on a high note after barely hanging on to beat the UTEP Miners in their last outing, 69-67. FIU was led by Osasumwen Osaghae, who finished with nine points and 12 rebounds. FIU dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.211 (above their season average of 0.195) and a turnover percentage of 17.3 (better than their season average of 18.7). UTEP was 0.113 and 20.3, respectively, for those same stats.
There could be plenty of transition offense in this battle that features a pair of the nation’s more fast-breaking teams. FIU currently ranks 11th in possessions per game (77.2) and UTSA is 28th (74.6).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Roadrunners won the only game played against each other last season, 100-67. The Roadrunners dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a phenomenal effective field goal percentage of 0.652 and a superb offensive rebounding percentage of 32.3. The Panthers were 0.438 and 25.0, respectively, for those same stats.
UTSA Roadrunners at FIU Panthers Prediction
Free Pick: SU Winner – FIU, ATS Winner – FIU, O/U – Over
FIU ranks 34th in three pointers attempted per game (26.9) while UTSA ranks 161st in three pointers allowed per game (22.6).
The Panthers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.8, down from 9.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Roadrunners have scored an average of 85.6 points per game (8.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 71.2 points per game (3.5 below their season average).