Photo: flickr Writer: Eric Daniel
Florid Atlantic has put up some interesting results so far this season and it appears that the Owls have been turning the corner as of late. FAU got off to a slow start this year, but this group has been competitive in some tough road matchups as of late losing at UT Martin by 1 point as well as an excellent 79-77 win over Ohio State in their last road game. FAU still stands just 3-5 overall on the year, but this group finally has something positive to build off of heading into the final stretch of their nonconference slate. FAU has had 10 days off for Finals and it’ll be interesting to see how quickly this group is able to knock off the rust. FAU spreads the ball around very well with 7 guys averaging over 8 points per contest.
Miami’s basketball program has had some great years under head coach Larranaga and this group is trying to rebuild and reload after losing some key veterans from last year’s tournament team. Miami has opened the season 7-2 overall with their defeats coming in tougher matchups against Iowa State and Florida. Miami has been feasting on their other more manageable matchups including their last outing where the Canes beat SC State at home by a final of 82-46. Miami is also coming off a 10 day layoff which means they’ll also be knocking off the rust. Miami has leaned on their defense early on as this unit ranks 5th in the nation in points allowed.
FAU has been playing with a lot of confidence on the road as of late, which couldn’t be said about this group back in the early to mid portion of November. Miami should be able to come through here at home, but we could have said the same thing about Ohio State in their meeting with FAU. We like the Owls getting the generous amount of points as the best bet in this one.
Florida Atlantic +19 -110