Florida Atlantic at North Texas - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Florida Atlantic at North Texas - 3/12/20 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Rick Osentoskij-USA TODAY Sports

Florida Atlantic (17-15) at North Texas (20-11)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Ford Center at The Star)

The Line: North Texas -8 -- Over/Under: 133

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The Florida Atlantic Owls (17-15, CONF 9-10) and North Texas Mean Green (20-11, CONF 14-4) face off in the Conference USA tournament at the Ford Center at The Star.North Texas beat FAU 81-58 earlier this season. 

Florida Atlantic has struggled the last month, but they were able to win their first game of the conference tournament. Over the last nine games, the Owls have won only three games, but they have covered four of the spreads. 

In the first game of the tournament, Florida Atlantic faced Old Dominion and the defense was the difference giving up only 56 points. 

Jailyn Ingram led the way for Florida Atlantic against Old Dominion putting up 22 points in 27 minutes of play. 

North Texas had a bye during the first round of the conference tournament but they come into this game having won seven of the last ten games. Even with all the success, the Mean Green are coming off a bad loss in their last game against Charlotte. 

North Texas could only manage 43 points and that led to a 13 point loss as 4.5 favorites. Over the last five games, North Texas is averaging 66.8 points per game while giving up 61.4 points. 

North Texas is led by guard Javion Hamlet who is averaging 14.6 points while shooting 49.2 percent from the field. 

FAU is 10-2 against the spread in their last 12 games played on Tuesday. North Texas is 2-9 against the spread in their last 11 games played on a neutral site. The under is 18-8-1 in North Texas last 27 games played on Thursday. 

FAU is 3-10 against the spread in their last 13 meetings against North Texas. The underdog is 10-4 against the spread in the last 14 meetings between North Texas and FAU. 

FAU's defense was good in the last game against Old Dominion and they should find success in this game. FAY's defense will slow down North Texas, and even though it won't be enough to come away with a win it's going to allow them to cover the spread.

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