Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Runnin’ Bulldogs and Highlanders. The game is starting at 7:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Highlanders at Donald N. Dedmon Center in Radford, VA. Get ready to place your bets! This Big South conference matchup has an over/under of 140.5 points, and the Highlanders are favored to win at home vs. the Runnin’ Bulldogs.

GARDNER-WEBB RUNNIN’ BULLDOGS VS RADFORD HIGHLANDERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Radford Highlanders -4.5

This game will be played at Donald N. Dedmon Center at 7:00 ET on Wednesday, January 17th.

WHY BET THE RADFORD HIGHLANDERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-68 in favor of the Highlanders.
  • Not only will Radford pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -4.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 140.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Does Gardner-Webb Have What it Takes on the Road?

After a win over Presbyterian, Gardner-Webb is 6-12 overall and 1-2 in Big South play. The Runnin’ Bulldogs are just 1-9 on the road this season, and their average scoring margin on the road is -9.3 points per game. They have dropped their last seven road games.

So far this season, Gardner-Webb has been the underdog in 10 of its 18 games, and the team has gone 1-9 in those matchups. The Runnin’ Bulldogs’ record as the underdog is just 1-9, and they are 2-3 at home.

As the underdog, Gardner-Webb has an ATS record of 6-4 this season. On the road, the Runnin’ Bulldogs are 5-5 vs. the spread in 2018-19.

Today’s over/under line of 140.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Gardner-Webb’s games this season (142.7). So far, 9 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 and the average scoring total in those games is 152 points.

In their latest game, Gardner-Webb offense put up 76 points against Presbyterian. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 49.1% and made 7 threes. DQ Nicholas led the team in scoring, putting up 17 points. Additionally, Julien Soumaoro contributed 15 points for the Runnin’ Bulldogs.

On the defensive side, Gardner-Webb is currently hovering around the NCAA’s average for points allowed, conceding an average of 73.6 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Gardner-Webb’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 42.8% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 28.8% this season.

Does Radford Have What it Takes to Win as Home Favorites?

Radford comes into this game with an 11-7 record, going 1-2 in Big South play. At home, the Highlanders are 5-1, and they are 6-1 when favored. On the season, they have an average scoring margin of +5.8 points per game.

In their last game, the Highlanders lost to Winthrop by a score of 92-88. Over their last 10 home games, Radford has gone 8-2, and they are 4-1 in their last five at home.

Radford’s ATS record for the season is 11-4-1, but they are just 3-2-1 vs. the spread at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Highlanders are 5-4-1.

Radford’s over/under record this season is 10-5-1. The average point total in their games is 144.4, which is higher than the average over/under line of 140.2. So far, 9 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line of 140.5. In their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 154 points.

Radford’s offense had a good outing, putting up 88 points against Winthrop. They achieved a 43.6% field goal percentage and went 12/15 from the free-throw line. The top scorer for the Highlanders was Chandler Turner with 33 points, while Kenyon Giles also chipped in with 20 points.

At this time, the Highlanders’ defense is positioned 118th in the country, permitting 70.2 points per game. In today’s game vs. Gardner-Webb, the Radford defense will be looking to do a better job avoiding putting opponents on the line. In their last game, Radford made 24 free-throws vs. the Highlanders.