Stetson Hatters (4-15) vs Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (6-13)Date : 01/21/2019
Time : 7:00 PM
Location : Alico Arena
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Stetson Hatters vs Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles are set to return home to Alico Arena after playing on the road in their previous 3 outings and they are set to take on the Stetson Hatters in an Atlantic Sun Conference clash, the opening tipoff is slated for 7:00 PM. Florida Gulf Coast has endured a down year compared to years past while Stetson is once again at the bottom of the conference as they are 0-4 in A-Sun play.
Stetson Hatters's Latest Performance :
Stetson has not made the NCAA Tournament once in their 48 years as a program and not much looks different for the 2018-2019 season as they have started A-Sun play 0-4 with their most recent loss coming on the road against a former D2 team in the North Alabama Lions 63-62. Stetson has struggled this season in both scoring and team defense as they rank 266th in PPG and 334th in team defense. The Hatters don’t necessarily have a set starting 5 as head coach Corey Williams plays up to 13 guys a game which although it gives his top players fresh legs it also prevents his team from getting into a rhythm. In their recent game against North Alabama, the biggest performance came from junior guard Marques Sumner as he recorded 14 points and 4 rebounds off the bench, Sumner enters this game averaging 8.4 PPG. The top scorer on the season for the Hatters has been sophomore guard Christiaan Jones as he comes into this game averaging 11.2 PPG, but he was unable to crack that number int heir recent matchup as he only recorded 8 points off the bench. The leading rebounder on the season is sophomore forward Abayomi Iyiola as he comes into this game averaging 6.9 RPG but he has also been a reliable scoring source as he is the 2nd leading scorer with 10.4 PPG, Iyiola recorded 6 points and 8 rebounds against North Alabama.
Florida Gulf Coast Eagles's Latest Performance :
Florida Gulf Coast has been the face of mid-major programs over the last few seasons as they have made 2 of the last 3 NCAA Tournament but this year has not been as kind to the Eagles under 1st-year coach Michael Fly as they are currently 1-4 in conference play. FGCU comes into this game after winning their lone conference game of the season as they beat Kennesaw State 72-59. The Eagles have lacked the production they are accustomed to in years past as they currently only have one guy who is averaging 10+ PPG. Senior guard Schadrac Casimir comes into this game averaging a team-high 12.9 PPG, but he was able to have the biggest game of his career against Kennesaw State as he recorded 34 points and 7 rebounds in the win. Joining Casimir in the backcourt is freshmen guard Zach Scott and he was the only other Eagle to record double-digits in points as he contributed 10 points, Scott averages 7 PPG on the season. Florida Gulf Coast has tried to use depth this season as they play 4 guys off the bench who each receive 20+ minutes and they were able to combine for 17 points. Sophomore forward Brian Thomas only averages 3.2 PPG and 3.9 RPG but he was able to have a solid outing off the bench for the Eagles with 6 points and 8 rebounds. The one noticeable change from last season to this season is their overall team scoring as they were ranked 30th in the nation last season but now rank 252nd.
How Stetson Hatters & Florida Gulf Coast Eagles Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Stetson is 7-10 ATS, 5-5 ATS on the road.
FGCU is 4-12 ATS, 1-3 ATS at home.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Florida Gulf Coast ranks 252nd in the nation in team scoring as they score an average of 70.9 PPG while Stetson ranks 266th as they score an average of 70.2 PPG.
Florida Gulf Coast ranks 297th in the nation in team defense as they hold opponents to an average of 77.2 PPG while Stetson ranks 334th as they hold opponents to an average of 79.9 PPG.
Against The Spread Selection: Florida Gulf Coast Eagles
My reason for the pick :
Both teams are enduring tough seasons but Florida Gulf Coast has shown slightly more promise as the Stetson Hatters have not yet recorded a conference win this year. In the recent outing against Kennesaw State, Schadrac Casimir had a breakout game and with him returning to his home crowd I think he only continues to answer the call. Florida Gulf Coast is nothing special on the offensive end this season but Stetson has been horrendous on the defensive end of the court which should allow the Eagles to sink some shots. Stetson has also been awful on the road this season as they enter this matchup 0-10 while FGCU is a .500 team at home. FGCU starts up a little win streak with a big win over their in-state rivals.
Betting trends for Stetson Hatters:
- Stetson is 5-8 ATS after a loss this season.
Betting trends for Florida Gulf Coast Eagles:
- FGCU is 8-5 ATS in A-Sun matchups since 2016.