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College baskeball point spread favors Golden Panthers in battle with Warhawks

Louisiana-Monroe WarhawksFlorida International Golden Panthers
Feb 2, 7:30 PM | U.S. Century Bank Arena

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks vs Florida International Golden Panthers Odds

3-14TEAM RECORD11-10

Florida International looks to cover the Golden Panthers-Warhawks pointspread on Saturday and improve its overall 11-10 mark when they host Louisiana-Monroe in college basketball wagering action.

This season, the Golden Panthers are 11-10 overall and 8-5-1 ATS ATS, while the Warhawks are 3-14 and 8-7 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Florida International boasts a 4-9 on the OU, and Louisiana-Monroe is 8-5.

View Louisiana-Monroe vs Florida International Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Warhawks were listed as 12.5-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Golden Panthers - Warhawks odds would favor the Golden Panthers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Florida International is rated No. 217 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Louisiana-Monroe is at No. 326. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 66-56 win for the Golden Panthers.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Florida International's No. 139-ranked scoring average of 69 PPG, against a Warhawks defense rated No. 255 and allowing 69.9 PPG. The Golden Panthers FG% has averaged 42.1% to date this season, more than the Warhawks shooters have managed so far (41.4% per game).

Defensively, Louisiana-Monroe features the nation's No. 219-rated defense on the road, allowing 71.7 points per game. Florida International, meanwhile, comes in at No. 166 nationally in scoring at home.

Louisiana-Monroe lost its last outing, a 76-71 result against Florida Atlantic on January 31. They covered in that game as a 9-point underdog. Louisiana-Monroe got 25 points from Amos Olatayo on the way to a 76-71 loss against Florida Atlantic on Thursday at FAU Arena.

Florida International lost its last outing, a 66-64 result against Middle Tennessee on January 31. They covered in that game as a 9-point underdog. Tymell Murphy scored 19 points in a futile effort to lead the Golden Panthers to a win (they lost 66-64 to Middle Tennessee at U.S. Century Bank Arena on Thursday).

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 2-8
Before playing Arkansas-Little Rock are 4-6
After playing Florida Atlantic are 6-1
After a loss are 3-7

Florida International Golden Panthers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Florida Atlantic are 5-5
After playing Middle Tennessee are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

Next up:
Louisiana-Monroe home to Arkansas-Little Rock, Thursday, February 7
Florida International home to Florida Atlantic, Thursday, February 7