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College basketball point spread favors Owls in battle with Monarchs

Old Dominion MonarchsFlorida Atlantic Owls
8-9January 18, 2014, 07:00 | FAU Arena6-11

FAU Arena will host Florida Atlantic Owls vs. Old Dominion Monarchs action on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

Florida Atlantic will face the 8-9 Monarchs, who own a 9-5 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Owls are 5-6-1 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Monarchs are 5-8 favoring the OVER.

View Old Dominion Monarchs vs Florida Atlantic Owls Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Owls installed as -1-point favorites in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

The Owls - Monarchs odds would favor the Monarchs if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Florida Atlantic is rated No. 279 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Old Dominion is at No. 231.

Old Dominion was a 52-36 winner in its last match on the road against Florida International. They covered the 1-point spread as favorites. The Monarchs grabbed a 52-36 win over the Golden Panthers on Thursday, behind a 17-point effort from Keenan Palmore at U.S. Century Bank Arena.

Last time out for Florida Atlantic, they were a 78-67 winner as they battled East Carolina at home. They covered in the match as a 1.5-point favorite. Jackson Trapp scored 23 points leading the Owls to a 78-67 victory over East Carolina at FAU Arena on Thursday.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Florida Atlantic's No. 202-ranked scoring average of 69.12 PPG, against a Monarchs defense rated No. 43 and allowing 64.76 PPG. The Owls FG% has averaged 42.45% to date this season, less than the Monarchs shooters have managed so far (43.28% per game).

A few Monarchs at Owls trends to consider:
Old Dominion is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
Old Dominion is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Old Dominion is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games
Old Dominion is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Florida Atlantic is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games
Florida Atlantic is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Old Dominion home to Southern Miss, Thursday, January 23rd
Florida Atlantic at Harvard, Tuesday, January 21st