Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Highlanders and Spartans. The game is starting at 4:00 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Spartans at Hodge Center in Spartanburg, SC. Get ready to place your bets! Radford is favored by -1 in this Big South conference contest against USC Upstate. The game’s over/under currently sits at 136 points.

RADFORD HIGHLANDERS VS USC UPSTATE SPARTANS BETTING PICK

The Pick: USC Upstate Spartans +1

This game will be played at Hodge Center at 4:00 ET on Saturday, February 3rd.

WHY BET THE USC UPSTATE SPARTANS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-67 in favor of the Spartans.
  • Not only will USC Upstate pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +1.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 136 points, and we like the over with a projected 142 points.

Can Radford Live Up to the Hype on the Road?

Radford has been better at home this season, going 7-3 compared to 4-7 on the road. The Highlanders have a scoring differential of +4.4 points per game at home compared to -5.8 on the road. Radford is 8-3 when favored this season, and they have been favored in 11 of their 23 games.

Radford has gone 13-10 overall this season, and they are 3-5 in Big South play. In their last game, the Highlanders lost to Charleston Southern by a score of 63-60. Over their last 10 games on the road, Radford has gone 4-6, and they are 2-3 in their last five road games.

Radford’s ATS record this season is 12-8-1, and they are 7-3 vs. the spread as the road team. As the favorite, the Highlanders’ ATS record is just 5-5-1 this year, and they have gone 1-4 vs. the spread in their last 5 games as the favorite.

Radford’s over/under record this season is 12-8-1, and today’s line of 136 is lower than the average OU line in their games (139.7). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 134 points, and their OU record over their last 10 games is 5-5.

Most recently, the Radford offense finished with just 60 points vs. Charleston Southern. For the game, they hit 9/22 three-point attempts and a field goal percentage of 37.3%. Offensively, the Highlanders have a season long field goal percentage of 45%, which is 143rd in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 50th in percentage and 139th in three-pointers made.

The Highlanders’ defense is presently ranked 117th nationally, allowing an average of 69.6 points per contest. Radford’s three-point defense is currently 88th in the country at 6.4 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 43.9% of their shots vs. Radford.

Are the Spartans Ready for a Home Win?

USC Upstate will look to snap their four-game losing streak when they host Radford on Thursday. The Spartans are 6-15 overall and just 1-4 at home this season.

So far, USC Upstate has been the underdog in 18 of their 21 games, going 3-15 in those contests. They are 1-7 in Big South games compared to 5-8 in non-conference matchups.

As the underdog, USC Upstate’s ATS record this season is 8-10. At home, their ATS mark is 2-3. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Spartans are 5-5 vs. the spread.

USC Upstate’s over/under record this season sits at 9-9 and their games have averaged 143.9 points per game. Today’s over/under line of 136 is lower than the average OU line in their games this season (142.1). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 147 points and their OU record in those games is 2-1.

In their recent matchup, the USC Upstate offense ended with 73 points against Presbyterian. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 52.5% and made 4 threes. The team’s top scorer is Trae Broadnax, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 14, while Justin Bailey also carries a PPG average of 11.2 into the game.

So far, the Spartans’ defense is ranked 201st in the country at 73.3 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 5.7 threes per game vs. Radford. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 32.9%.