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College basketball point spread favors Golden Panthers in battle with Owls

Florida Atlantic OwlsFlorida International Golden Panthers
7-12January 25, 2014, 06:00 | U.S. Century Bank Arena10-9

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Florida International vs Florida Atlantic battle Saturday at U.S. Century Bank Arena as the Golden Panthers look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Golden Panthers sport a record of 10-9 and 5-6 ATS heading into this battle, while the Owls have 7-12 and 7-6-1 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 3-7 for the Golden Panthers and 5-8-1 for the Owls.

View Florida Atlantic Owls vs Florida International Golden Panthers Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Golden Panthers as -2.5-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 310-ranked Golden Panthers and the No. 202-rated Owls in this matchup.

Florida Atlantic won its last outing, a 68-53 result against Harvard on January 21. They covered in that game as a 10-point underdog. Marquan Botley scored 23 points leading the Owls to a 68-53 victory over Harvard at FAU Arena on Tuesday.

Florida International was a 68-64 winner in their most recent outing at home against East Carolina. They covered the 2-point spread as favorites. Florida International got 18 points from Rakeem Buckles en route to a 68-64 victory over East Carolina on Saturday at U.S. Century Bank Arena.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Florida International's No. 207 nationally ranked offense (68.16 points per game) against a Owls defense that sits as the No. 129 at 69.26 PPG. The Golden Panthers have been averaging 44.63% from the field, more than the Owls have managed so far this season (42.88% on average).

A few Owls at Golden Panthers trends to consider:
Florida Atlantic is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Florida Atlantic is 6-12 SU in its last 18 games
Florida Atlantic is 1-14 SU in its last 15 games on the road
Florida Atlantic is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Florida International
Florida International is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
Florida International is 17-5 SU in its last 22 games at home
Florida International is 6-1 ATS in its last 7 games when playing Florida Atlantic
Florida International is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing Florida Atlantic

Next up:
Florida Atlantic at Charlotte, Thursday, January 30th
Florida International at Marshall, Thursday, January 30th