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College basketball point spread favors 49ers in battle with Golden Panthers

Florida International Golden PanthersCharlotte 49ers
11-10February 01, 2014, 07:00 | Dale F. Halton Arena13-7

College basketball wagering interest will be high on Saturday when the Golden Panthers of Florida International hit the hard court against the 49ers of Charlotte.

The 49ers sit at 13-7 (9-7 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Golden Panthers are currently 11-10 (6-7 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Charlotte is 7-8 OU, and Florida International is 4-8 OU.

View Florida International Golden Panthers vs Charlotte 49ers Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Charlotte sat as -9.5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 229-rated 49ers and the No. 310-ranked Golden Panthers, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Florida International was an 80-68 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Marshall. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as underdogs. Tymell Murphy scored 29 points for Florida International on Thursday, but the Thundering Herd managed an 80-68 victory over the Golden Panthers at Cam Henderson Center.

Charlotte was a 62-53 winner in their most recent outing at home against Florida Atlantic. They covered the 8-point spread as favorites. Shawn Lester scored 24 points and helped out with 11 rebounds for Charlotte on Thursday, leading the 49ers to a 62-53 victory over Florida Atlantic at Dale F. Halton Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Charlotte has the nation's No. 91-rated offensive output, at 74.35 PPG. The visiting Golden Panthers defense ranks No. 125 allowing on average 69.57 PPG. The 49ers FG% has averaged 44.89% so far, more than the Golden Panthers marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.82% per game.

A few Golden Panthers at 49ers trends to consider:
Florida International is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Florida International's last 6 games
Florida International is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Charlotte is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Charlotte is 12-6 SU in its last 18 games
Charlotte is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Florida International home to UAB, Thursday, February 6th
Charlotte at Tulane, Friday, February 7th