Charlotte 49ers at Florida Atlantic Owls – NCAAM January 22

Charlotte 49ers (6-6, 2-2) at Florida Atlantic Owls (7-6, 2-2)

  • Time: 4PM PST | 6PM CST | 7PM EST
  • Location: FAU Arena, Boca Raton, FL
  • TV: ESPN+

What’s at Stake

Both teams are tied in the CUSA East in the loss column with Western Kentucky and Old Dominion as they both sit at 4-2. This is the first game of a back-to-back which finishes at 4 pm tomorrow afternoon. This is a new series central to the two teams joining CUSA as Charlotte leads 5-3, but Florida Atlantic holds a 2-1 home record.

Both Ron Sanchez or Charlotte and FAU’s Dusty May are in their third seasons at their respective schools. It’s the consummate battle of different philosophies as the Owls lead CUSA in scoring 82.6 points per game while the 49ers are fourth in scoring defense at 63.4 points against.

Vs. The Spread


  • The total has gone UNDER in 10 of the 49ers’ last 13 games
  • The Niners are 2-4 ATS in their last 6 vs. FAU
  • UNDER has been the play in 4 of Charlotte’s last 5 roadies

Florida Atlantic:

  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of the Owls’ last 7 games
  • FAU is 6-0 SU in their last 6 home games
  • The Owls are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Conference USA outings

Last Time Out

Charlotte took a convincing 70-55 win over CUSA West leader UAB in the second game of a back-to-back in the Queen City. This avenged a 61-37 loss a day earlier. The 49ers shot 72.2 percent from the floor in the win as Brice Williams scored 22 points off the bench in the victory.

Florida Atlantic won it’s back-to-back over Florida International with a 107-63 mastering of the Panthers in Coral Gables. A day earlier the Owls pulled out an 81-79 squeaker over FIU. Michael Forrest led the Owls with 27 points as it was the biggest point differential in series history. Earl Winchester posted a double-double of 12 points and 14 rebounds.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Charlotte +1.5 (-110) +101 O 126.5 (-110)
Florida Atlantic -1.5 (-110) -121 U 126.5 (-110)

For the 49ers To Win

Charlotte 49ers LogoRon Sanchez is a disciple of Tony Bennett as the 49ers are a defensive oriented, tempo driven outfit which thrives on the Pack Line defense and putting pressure on opposing offenses when they can push them deep into the shot clock. Sanchez would like to see opponents’ shooting percentages go down as they currently shoot 43.4 percent from the floor (9th/CUSA). They are looking to force more than 13.8 turnovers per game as this has picked up in CUSA with 14.3 forces. Jamir Young is the catalyst of the offense and is third in the league in scoring (18.3 ppg) as he had a string of four games of 21 or more points from Dec. 19 to Jan. 2.

Niners Nugget:

Charlotte leads CUSA in defensive rebounding with 31 per game. This is a huge statistics as it limits opponents possessions and allows the 49ers in get into that tempos driven offense.

For the Owls To Win

Florida Atlantic Owls LogoThis is just opposite to the 49ers as the Owls love getting up and down the floor and scoring in transition while creating layups and day scores with their full court pressure. The Owls shoot at a 47.9 percent clip (2nd/CUSA) while shooting 38.9 percent from behind the arc, which is also second in the league. Jailyn Ingram (15.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg), Brian Greenlee (11.3 ppg, 2.9 apg), and Michael Forrest (10.5 ppg, 2.9 rpg) are the Owls’ top three-point shooters as well as they have combined for 90 of FAU’s 131 triples.

About the Burrow:

Also, opposite to Charlotte is the Owls’ offensive rebounding prowess as they lead the league at 13.7 offensive rebounds per game while out rebounding opponents at a (+9.5) margin.

Winner: Florida Atlantic (-1.5) 67, Charlotte 62
Over-Under: Take OVER 126.5

The Bets
Florida Atlantic Owls -1.5
OVER 126.5
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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