Old Dominion Monarchs (13-4; 6-9 ATS; 10-5 O/U) vs. FIU Panthers (8-10; 7-4-1 ATS; 6-4 O/U)
Line: ODU -10
The FIU Panthers will play host to the Old Dominion Monarchs in a C-USA tilt Thursday evening from the Ocean Bank Convocation Center in Miami. The Monarchs recorded an 82-76 home win against Marshall on Saturday, and the Panthers are coming off a 72-68 road loss to UTEP. Old Dominion recorded a 74-67 win in the only meeting last season.
Monarchs Defeat Marshall in Fourth C-USA Victory
The Old Dominion Monarchs were able to neutralize a powerhouse Marshall offense in their 82-76 home win on Saturday to boost their C-USA record to 4-1. The Monarchs posted a 45.9% clip from the field, and limited Marshall to a 40% shooting performance. Monarchs’ top scorer B.J. Stith led the way offensively with a solid 20-point effort on 6 for 13 shooting. The junior guard is playing well, scoring at least 17 points in three of his last four games, and he is currently averaging 15.4 points per game on 44.7% shooting. Trey Porter also played a key role in the Monarch’s latest acton, collecting 18 points along with 13 rebounds. The junior forward has notched two double-doubles in his last three games, and overall he is having an outstanding season, posting 13.1 points along with 6.4 rebounds per game.
The Monarchs have won eight out of their last nine games and their defensive play has been tremendous. Their lone conference loss came to a strong Western Kentucky team, and Old Dominion is currently placed at 75th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball rankings. The Monarchs are averaging 73.9 points per game, ranking them 187th overall. They are holding opponents to only 63.3 points, good for 18th in the country.
Panthers Edged by UTEP in Third Conference Loss
The FIU Panthers’ offensive woes continued in their 72-68 road loss to UTEP this past weekend to drop their conference record to 2-3. The Panthers shot a weak 41.7% from the field including a 4 for 21 mark from beyond the arc, while holding UTEP to a 42% field goal efficiency. Brian Beard Jr. scored 13 points on a poor 3 for 9 shooting performance in the loss. The junior guard is only shooting 39.8% on the season and stands second in team scoring with 15.4 points per game. Owls’ leading scorer Trejon Jacob had a rough night in the loss to UTEP, going 0 for 5 from the field and finished with one point. Overall, the sophomore guard is playing well, scoring at least 16 points in six of his last seven games, and is now up to 15.6 points per game.
The Owls have dropped three out of their last four games as they have not been able to sustain any offensive momentum. They own a 6-6 record on their home court and are ranked down at 252nd overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ranking. FIU is only averaging 71.7 points per game, ranking them 244th overall. They are allowing an average of 70.9 points, positioning them 144th overall.
The Old Dominion Monarchs are:
- No Key Trends
The FIU Panthers are:
- 5-13-1 ATS in their last 19 home games.
- 7-16-1 ATS in their last 24 games against a team with a road winning percentage above .600.
I am taking Old Dominion in this matchup. FIU is struggling to score points, averaging only 67 points in their last five games and they are up against a stifling Old Dominion defense. The Monarchs are the best defensive team in the C-USA, and they are holding opponents to 39.3% shooting, good for 17th in the country. They should have no problem defending a low-scoring FIU team. Furthermore, the FIU defense has not been sharp, allowing at least 75 points in three out of their last four games. Old Dominion has the edge in all areas and they should notch a decisive road win.