The Owls are coming off of back-to-back conference wins over UTEP and UTSA last week to improve to 2-3 in C-USA play. Gerdarius Troutman scored a team-high 19 points, including a late three-pointer that helped the Owls prevail on the road against UTSA 73-69 on Saturday.
Line: FAU -6
49ers can’t buy as basket on offense
The 49ers fired Mark Price earlier in the season, citing the team’s lack of effort and preparation as the reason for letting the former-NBA star go. However, things haven’t gotten much better in Charlotte without Price at the helm. The 49ers enter Thursday’s matchup having lost three straight and five of their last six games.
Charlotte is coming off of a disappointing 73-63 home loss to Western Kentucky on Saturday night. Jon Davis scored a game-high 26 points, while Andrien White chipped in 18 points for the 49ers, but it wasn’t enough to stop their losing skid.
Interim head coach Houston Fancher hasn’t been able to remedy the 49ers’ anemic offense since taking over the helm. Charlotte is scoring a dismal 89.2 points per 100 possessions during conference play (13th in C-USA). The 49ers have turned the ball over on 21.6 percent of their offensive possessions (14th in C-USA) and shot a miserable 23.5 percent from three-point range during the C-USA season (14th in C-USA).
FAU riding two-game winning streak
The Florida Atlantic Owls come into Thursday’s game with an 8-9 overall record and a 2-3 mark in conference play after winning their first two conference games of the year last week. Michael Curry’s squad has struggled to get much of anything going on the offensive end this season. Curry’s Owls have scored just 83.5 points per 100 possessions against Conference USA opponents (14th in C-USA), while sporting an impossibly low effective field goal percentage of 39.1 percent (14th in C-USA).
Florida Atlantic has shot 27.0 percent from three-point range (13th in the NCAA) and 38.6 percent form inside the arc (14th in C-USA), while turning the ball over on 18.7 percent of their offensive possessions (12th in C-USA).
- Norse are 21-8-1 ATS in their last 30 games overall.
- Norse are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games.
- Panthers are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 vs. Horizon League.
The Norse enter this game ranked as the best defense in the conference. Northern Kentucky has limited their Horizon League opponents to just 91.5 points per 100 possessions. They also rank first in the conference in effective field goal percentage defense, three-point defense, and offensive turnover rate. While road wins are always tough to come by in conference play, this looks like a game Northern Kentucky should win handily. Take the Norse to cover the spread on the road in Milwaukee on Thursday night.