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Florida Atlantic Owls face Marshall Thundering Herd: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats

Florida Atlantic OwlsMarshall Thundering Herd
7-14February 01, 2014, 12:00 | Cam Henderson Center8-14

Florida Atlantic travels to Marshall on Saturday, hoping to boost its 7-14 record with a victory over the Thundering Herd.

The Thundering Herd bring a 8-14 record (6-10 ATS) to this tilt against the 7-14 Owls, who are 7-8-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Marshall go 8-8 so far and the Owls go 5-10-1.

View Florida Atlantic Owls vs Marshall Thundering Herd Odds and Stats.

College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Marshall Thundering Herd as -4-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Thundering Herd at No. 315 and the Owls at No. 179 heading into this contest.

Florida Atlantic was a 62-53 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Charlotte. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as underdogs. Pablo Bertone scored 20 points in a futile effort to lead the Owls to a win (they lost 62-53 to Charlotte at Dale F. Halton Arena on Thursday).

Marshall won its last outing, an 80-68 result against Florida International on January 30. They covered in that game as a 5-point favorite. Marshall earned an 80-68 victory over Florida International on Thursday, getting 19 points from Chris Thomas at Cam Henderson Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Marshall has the nation's No. 35-rated offensive output, at 77.91 PPG. The visiting Owls defense ranks No. 110 allowing on average 68.76 PPG. The Thundering Herd FG% has averaged 44.9% so far, more than the Owls marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.44% per game.

A few Owls at Thundering Herd trends to consider:
Florida Atlantic is 6-14 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Florida Atlantic's last 5 games
Florida Atlantic is 1-16 SU in its last 17 games on the road
Marshall is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Marshall is 4-12 SU in its last 16 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Marshall's last 6 games

Next up:
Florida Atlantic home to Middle Tennessee, Thursday, February 6th
Marshall at Southern Miss, Friday, February 7th