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College Basketball Betting Pick & Prediction: FAU Owls vs. UTSA Roadrunners - February 23, 2023

February 23, 2023

The Florida Atlantic Owls are set to take on the UTSA Thursday night as they are slated to jump it up at 7 pm. FAU comes in as a heavy 14-point favorite and the oddsmakers have taken into consideration the recent rough slide by UTSA when they set this line.FAU Owls Betting PreviewThe Owls (24-3) have enjoyed a wonderful and fun season and they have had some really nice wins on the year. They are a well-coached team and rarely turn the ball over and they have some really good depth and talent which has helped guide them to a solid mark of 24-3.They have won three of four and are coming off a 74-70 loss against MTSU in a rare game in which they did not seem to be playing and firing on all cylinders. They really relied on the three point shot, as they connected on 11-of-24 but were able to get to the line just seven times where they ended 1-of-7, which was the difference late. On offense, they are led by sophomore guard Johnell Davis, who averages around 17 points per game to go along with just under six rebounds and two assists. They connect on a solid 37% from beyond the arc, while connecting on 46.6% from the floor. They also drain just over 70% of their free throws. UTSA Roadrunners Betting PreviewThe Roadrunners (8-20) have had a tough season to watch, as they have been slow to get out of the gate and have had some bad stretches of play this season. They have dropped 12 of 13 overall and their only win in that span was against Rice, 84-79, The Owls nailed ten three-point shots, but it was the Roadrunners who outlasted them led by John Buggs III who netted a team-high 23 points to pace all scorers.They are led overall by senior guard Jephet Medor who leads all scorers with 14 points per game and has shown serious leadership during an otherwise ugly season. They shoot 33% from beyond the arc and connect on just over 40% from the floor as a whole. They will have to do a better job on the defensive end and try to win the battle of the boards. If they can not get out and run to an early lead, this game could get out of hand. Look for Medor and Buggs III to carry most of the load on offense. Game Odds, Series Trends and Free PickUTSA is 1-4 in their last five games and 3-2 in their last five games against the number and they are also 6-5 in their road games against the spread. The totals have gone over in five of their last five games and 10 of their last 15 games at home. FAU is 3-2 in their last five games and are just 1-4 in their last five games against the number. They are also 8-4 in their road games the spread. The totals have gone over in four of their last five games. The totals have gone over in seven of their last 13 games at home. This is a tough game for UTSA, and they do not have the horsepower to keep up with FAU. FAU - 14 in a game that could get ugly.Persian Pick: FAU - 14