The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles have played exceptionally well at home this season, winning nine of their 11 games in Fort Myers. After suffering a 78-61 loss to then-No. 25 USC on Nov. 16 to even their home record at 1-1, they won eight straight on their own court before falling to Liberty 78-75 on Jan. 15. FGCU (12-8, 2-4) looks to begin another home winning streak when it hosts the Eastern Kentucky Colonels (10-10, 2-4) in an ASUN matchup on Thursday.
Tipoff from Alico Arena in Fort Myers, Fla. is set for 5 p.m. ET. The Eagles are three-point favorites in the latest Florida Gulf Coast vs. Eastern Kentucky odds at Caesars Sportsbook, while the over-under for total points scored is 154. Before making any Eastern Kentucky vs. Florida Gulf Coast picks, be sure to check out the college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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- Florida Gulf Coast vs. Eastern Kentucky spread: Eagles -3
- Florida Gulf Coast vs. Eastern Kentucky over-under: 154 points
- Florida Gulf Coast vs. Eastern Kentucky money line: Eagles -160, Colonels +140
- FGC: The Eagles are 1-6 against the spread in their last seven contests
- EKU: The Colonels are 13-4 ATS in their last 17 games as road underdogs
Why Eastern Kentucky can cover
The Colonels are one of the most dangerous teams from beyond the arc as they ranked first in the conference and fourth in the nation in 3-pointers per game (12.1) through Monday. That bodes well for them on Thursday as Florida Gulf Coast has allowed opponents to shoot 35 percent from 3-point range this season, putting it 10th in the ASUN and 261st in the country. Junior guard Cooper Robb leads Eastern Kentucky in 3-point shooting percentage (39.5) and has made three shots from long distance in each of his last three games.
Robb was 3-for-4 in Saturday's victory over North Florida and finished with 11 points and five rebounds. He is one of six Colonels shooting better than 35 percent from beyond the arc and is just ahead of senior guard Russhard Cruickshank, who is making 39.2 percent of his attempts. Freshman forward Devontae Blanton recorded a team-high 21 points and nine rebounds against the Ospreys and leads Eastern Kentucky in both categories (11.3 points, 6.6 rebounds).
Why FGCU can cover
Tavian Dunn-Martin leads the Eagles with averages of 19.6 points and 5.9 assists per contest, with the latter mark ranking 14th in the nation. The senior guard is second in the ASUN in scoring and one of only four players in the conference with multiple 30-point performances this season (four). Dunn-Martin has reached double figures in points in 11 consecutive contests and 16 of 19 this campaign.
Kevin Samuel is averaging nearly a double-double per game in 2021-22 with 11.1 points and a team-best 9.6 boards. The senior center posted his eighth double-double of the season in Saturday's 79-71 loss at Jacksonville State, scoring 16 points and pulling down 11 rebounds. Samuel already has set Florida Gulf Coast's single-season record with 57 blocks, eclipsing the previous mark of 51 recorded in 2008-09 by Kyle Marks.
How to make Eastern Kentucky vs. Florida Gulf Coast picks
SportsLine's model is leaning under on the total, projecting 148 combined points. It has also generated an against-the-spread pick that cashes in well over 50 percent of simulations. You can only get the model's picks at SportsLine.
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