The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (13-16, 6-12 C-USA) carry a six-game slide into a home matchup with the Florida International Panthers (13-16, 7-11 C-USA), who have lost four straight. It tips at 7:00 PM ET (on ESPN+) on Thursday, March 2, 2023.
Thursday’s matchup between the Bulldogs and the Panthers features the Bulldogs as 5-point favorites. The game has a point total of 143.5.
Louisiana Tech vs. Florida International Odds
Point Spread for Louisiana Tech vs. Florida International
The spread for this matchup is set at 5 points, with oddsmakers listing Louisiana Tech as the favorite.
Louisiana Tech vs. Florida International Moneyline
As for the moneyline, Louisiana Tech has -220 odds to pick up the win, while Florida International is listed at +181 to claim victory.
Finally, the total for the game is set at 143.5 points.
Game Time and How to Watch
- Game Day: Thursday, March 2, 2023
- Game Time: 7:00 PM ET
- TV Channel: ESPN+
- Location: Ruston, Louisiana
- Arena: Thomas Assembly Center
Louisiana Tech vs. Florida International Betting Trends
In Louisiana Tech’s 27 games this year, it has 14 wins against the spread. The Bulldogs have been favorites in 11 games this season and have come away with the win eight times (72.7%) in those contests. Louisiana Tech has eclipsed the over/under in 59.3% of its opportunities this year (16 times over 27 games with a set point total).
In Florida International’s 27 games this season, it has 13 wins against the spread. The Panthers have been the underdog on the moneyline 17 total times this season. They’ve gone 5-12 in those games. Florida International’s games this year have hit the over on 14 of 27 set point totals (51.9%).
Louisiana Tech vs. Florida International Key Players to Watch
Isaiah Crawford is tops on his team in rebounds per contest (5.3), and also averages 13.3 points and 2.7 assists. At the other end, he delivers 2.1 steals and 0.6 blocked shots. Keaston Willis posts 12 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game, shooting 38.2% from the field and 38% from beyond the arc with 2.5 made 3-pointers per game. Kenny Hunter is posting 5.6 points, 0.2 assists and 4.8 rebounds per contest.
Arturo Dean tops the Panthers in rebounding (4.2 per game) and assists (3.5), and posts 11.8 points. He also delivers 2.4 steals (ninth in the nation) and 0.3 blocked shots. Denver Jones is the Panthers’ top scorer (19.6 points per game) and assist man (2), and puts up 3.6 rebounds. The Panthers get 6.9 points, 4 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game from Mohamed Sanogo. Nick Guadarrama is averaging a team-best 4.2 rebounds per contest. And he is delivering 7.3 points and 1.9 assists, making 39.2% of his shots from the field and 34.8% from 3-point range, with 1.3 treys per contest.
What you need to know about the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
Louisiana Tech has put together a 9-9-0 conference record against the spread this season. This year, the Bulldogs are putting up 72.7 points per game (155th-ranked in college basketball) and surrendering 69.6 points per contest (166th-ranked). Louisiana Tech is pulling down 30.9 boards per game (240th-ranked in college basketball). It is allowing 29.1 rebounds per contest (64th-ranked).
The Bulldogs are putting up 76 points per game at home. Away from home, they are averaging 68.5 points per contest. So far this season, Louisiana Tech is sinking 8.9 threes per game (41st-ranked in college basketball) and is shooting 34.9% (149th-ranked) from three-point land. The Bulldogs rank 313th in college basketball by allowing 8.4 threes per game, but they are allowing a 37% shooting percentage from beyond the arc, which ranks 21st-worst in college basketball.
The Bulldogs have a 4-6 record against the spread while finishing 2-8 overall over their last 10 games. Four of Louisiana Tech’s past 10 outings have hit the over. Louisiana Tech has seen a decrease in scoring recently, racking up 64.7 points per game in its last 10 outings, eight points fewer than the 72.7 it has scored this year. Louisiana Tech’s points-allowed average over its past 10 games (70.1) is 0.5 more points per game than the team is allowing over the entire season (69.6).
What you need to know about the Florida International Panthers
Florida International has compiled an 11-7-0 record against the spread in conference action this season. At 72.3 points scored per game and 74.6 points conceded, the Panthers are 169th in college basketball offensively and 306th on defense. Florida International is the 23rd-worst squad in the nation in rebounds per game (28.3) and 10th-worst in rebounds conceded (34.8).
At home the Panthers are putting up 78.1 points per game, 15.2 more than they are averaging away (62.9). Florida International is 259th in college basketball in 3-pointers made (6.7 per game) and 292nd in 3-point percentage (32.2%). The Panthers give up 8.7 3-pointers per game and concede 36.1% from beyond the arc, ranking 332nd and 314th, respectively, in the nation.
The Panthers have a 6-4 record against the spread while going 5-5 overall over their last 10 contests. Six of Florida International’s past 10 games have gone over the total. While Florida International is posting 72.3 points per game in 2022-23, it has improved that mark over its previous 10 games, producing 74.1 a contest. In their past 10 games, the Panthers are allowing 74.3 points per game, compared to their season average of 74.6 points allowed.
Louisiana Tech vs. Florida International Prediction & Pick
Our prediction to win this game is Louisiana Tech, and we predict that Louisiana Tech will cover the spread (Louisiana Tech -5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 143.5 points.
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