Florida Atlantic Owls (11-6) vs Marshall Thundering Herd (10-6)Date : 01/17/2019
Time : 7:00 PM
Location : Cam Henderson Center
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Florida Atlantic Owls vs Marshall Thundering Herd
The Marshall Thundering Herd are set to return home to the Cam Henderson Center for their 2nd consecutive home game where they will play host to the Florida Atlantic Owls in a Conference USA clash, the opening tipoff is slated for 7:00 PM. Marshall once again looks like the best team in the conference and they will be seeking their 2nd consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance while the Florida Atlantic Owls are rebuilding their program but look vastly improved from previous seasons.
Florida Atlantic Owls's Latest Performance :
Florida Atlantic has made significant strides under 1st-year coach Dusty May as they have already eclipsed their season win total from the previous 5 seasons, but there is still one thought on their mind and that is to obtain a bid to the NCAA Tournament for the 2nd time in program history. Florida Atlantic has started conference play and their youth showed in a recent clash with Charlotte as they lost 65-60 at home. The Owls have been playing without some important pieces as Jailyn Ingram (18.9 PPG & 8.2 RPG) and Jaylen Sebree (9.4 PPG & 4.2 RPG) are out with injuries. Without Ingram in the lineup, the leading scorer for the Owls has been senior guard Anthony Adger as he averages 15.9 PPG, and he delivered against Charlotte with 15 points and 5 assists. The Owls have been receiving monster outings from senior forward Xavier Stapleton as he has been coming off the bench and he had a team-high 17 points in their recent outing. Freshmen guard Michael Forrest is a name people should remember as he has potential to be a top player in the conference for the next few seasons and he was able to pitch in 13 points and 4 assists against the 49ers. Senior forward Simeon Lepichev anchors the frontcourt as he averages 5.2 PPG and 5.7 RPG but he was able to eclipse that mark this past weekend with 6 points and 8 rebounds.
Marshall Thundering Herd's Latest Performance :
Marshall was able to breakthrough in the college basketball world with their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1986-1987 and they made some noise as they advanced to the 2nd round as a 13 seed. Marshall once again looks destined to make the NCAA Tournament as the champion of Conference USA as they have started off 3-0 with their latest win coming over Western Kentucky 70-69. Marshall has one of the most electric guards in the country in senior Jon Elmore as he averages 19 PPG and 5.2 APG, and he was able to put the team on his back against Western Kentucky with 21 points and 5 assists. Elmore wasn’t the only Marshall player to have a huge outing as freshmen guard Taevion Kinsey had the biggest game of his young career with 23 points and 7 rebounds. To put this game into perspective, Kinsey enters this game averaging 8.3 PPG and 3.3 RPG and that includes his recent output against Western Kentucky which means it may open the floodgates for the Ohio native. The Thundering Herd was able to pull a win out despite the silent game from their 2nd leading scorer in C.J. Burks as he only recorded 4 points which is well below his season average of 16.4 PPG.
How Florida Atlantic Owls & Marshall Thundering Herd Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
FAU is 7-7 ATS, 3-4 ATS on the road.
Marshall is 6-9-1 ATS, 3-3-1 ATS at home.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Marshall ranks 59th in the nation in team scoring as they score an average of 79.6 PPG while FAU ranks 222nd as they score an average of 72.2 PPG.
FAU ranks 99th in the nation in team defense as they hold opponents to an average of 68.4 PPG while Marshall ranks 333rd as they hold opponents to an average of 80.1 PPG.
Against The Spread Selection: Marshall Thundering Herd
My reason for the pick :
FAU has sure been a surprise to Conference USA This season but Marshall is clearly the king of the conference and with them playing at home I will take them to win this game no problem. FAU has been playing without 2 of its better players and while although they have been fairly solid the depth will soon catch up to them. Jon Elmore might be the best mid-major guard in the country and I don’t think FAU will have an answer for him all night. Marshall has a really solid offense and should have no problem outscoring an FAU offense that ranks in the 200s in scoring. Take Marshall at home.
Betting trends for Florida Atlantic Owls:
- FAU is 2-4 ATS with 4+ days off this season.
Betting trends for Marshall Thundering Herd:
- Marshall is 16-8 ATS in conference games since 2017.