After going 39-27 betting the spread in every tournament game last season, I’ve had a slow start to the college basketball season with my focus being mainly on NFL and bowl season. With those winding down, I’m turning my attention back to CBB and will be trying to keep us in the green consistently.
FIU -15 over Bethune Cookman (12 PM CST)
FIU (9-4 and #243 via KenPom) hosts Bethune Cookman (3-9 and #349 out of 358) as 15 point favorites to open up action for college basketball today. FIU is 6-1 at home while Bethune Cookman is winless (0-7) on the road. Bethune Cookman is also no strangers to blowouts, as their last 4 losses have come by 23 to Marist, 17 to NC State, 36 to UCF, and 14 to Seton Hall.
FIU on the other hand has taken care of business against inferior opponents all season and beaten them down, taking down St. Thomas FL by 23, Florida Gulf Coast by 16, North Florida by 15, and Trinity College by 63 (not a typo). On top of this FIU flat out does everything better than Bethune Cookman: shooting percentage, rebounds, steals, turnovers etc. The big stat that jumps out to me is FIU is averaging nearly 11 threes per game (11th in the country) while Bethune Cookman is only averaging 4 (357th in the country).
With the discrepancy in talent, both teams being no strangers to blowouts, and FIU being at home for this early tip, I love the Golden Panthers to cover to kick off the day with some #WorkWhileYouBet action!