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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Warhawks underdogs vs Golden Panthers at Louisiana-Monroe

Florida International Golden PanthersLouisiana-Monroe Warhawks
Feb 28, 8:30 PM | Fant-Ewing Coliseum

Florida International Golden Panthers vs Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks Odds

15-12TEAM RECORD4-20

The Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks hope to be lousy hosts on Thursday as the Florida International Golden Panthers pay a visit to Fant-Ewing Coliseum on the college basketball betting menu.

Louisiana-Monroe will face the 15-12 Golden Panthers, who own a 11-8-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Warhawks are 14-6 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Golden Panthers are 8-11 favoring the OVER.

View Florida International vs Louisiana-Monroe Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Louisiana-Monroe opened as 6-point underdogs in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Warhawks, most recently No. 346 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Golden Panthers, who rate No. 222 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 68-55 victory for the Golden Panthers.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Louisiana-Monroe's No. 318-ranked offense, averaging 60 PPG, against a Golden Panthers defense that ranks No. 264 at 70.3 PPG. The Warhawks field goal percentage has averaged 42.8% so far, less than the Golden Panthers marksmen have achieved on the year, 43.1% per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Florida International owns the country's No. 251-rated mark, allowing 72.7 points per game on the highway. Louisiana-Monroe, on the other hand, rates No. 321 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Florida International was a 65-52 winner at home against Arkansas-Little Rock. They covered the 5-point spread as favorites. Florida International earned a 65-52 victory over Arkansas-Little Rock on Thursday, getting 17 points from Cameron Bell at U.S. Century Bank Arena.

Last time out for Louisiana-Monroe, they were an 87-46 loser as they battled Middle Tennessee on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 24-point underdog. Louisiana-Monroe was run off the court by the Blue Raiders on Saturday as Middle Tennessee routed them 87-46 at Murphy Center.

Florida International Golden Panthers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Florida Atlantic are 5-5
After playing Arkansas-Little Rock are 2-8
After a win are 7-3

Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Louisiana-Lafayette are 2-8
After playing Middle Tennessee are 4-4
After a loss are 1-9

A few Golden Panthers at Warhawks trends to consider:
Florida International is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Louisiana-Monroe's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Louisiana-Monroe's last 9 games
Louisiana-Monroe is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Louisiana-Monroe is 3-22 SU in its last 25 games at home

Next up:
Florida International at Florida Atlantic, Saturday, March 2
Louisiana-Monroe home to Louisiana-Lafayette, Saturday, March 2