The UNC Asheville Bulldogs (13-14, 7-9 BigSou) will travel to Millis Center to go head-to-head with the High Point Panthers (9-20, 6-10 BigSou) in their home finale. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 27, 2020.
UNC Asheville Bulldogs at High Point Panthers Odds Preview
The last time the Bulldogs played, they were victorious over the Presbyterian Blue Hose, 75-64. DeVon Baker was the game’s high scorer with 24 points on 7-for-16 shooting. The Bulldogs had a solid turnover percentage of 9.7 (better than their season average of 15.1) and had a free throw rate of 0.520 (above their season average of 0.203).
The Panthers are trying to rebound after their 57-54 loss to the Longwood Lancers in their last game. Caden Sanchez was High Point’s high scorer with 13 points on 6-for-12 shooting. Longwood held the Panthers to an effective field goal percentage of 0.342 (below their season average of 0.462). High Point, meanwhile, had a turnover percentage of 9.3 (better than their season average of 18.5).
This could end up being a sloppy game for the offense of High Point. High Point ranks 306th in the country in ball protection (turnover percentage of 21.2 percent), while the gambling defense of UNC Asheville forces the 17th-most turnovers in the NCAA (24.0 percent). Furthermore, the upper-echelon offense of the Bulldogs ranks 54th in effective field goal percentage (0.530), while the Panthers are ninth-worst in the nation at effective field goal percentage allowed (0.553).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Panthers won 68-66. High Point had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (43.2 vs. 8.1). UNC Asheville, meanwhile, had a much better turnover percentage (11.4 vs. 22.4). Despite the loss, Lavar Batts Jr. was a top performer in the game with 15 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
UNC Asheville Bulldogs at High Point Panthers Prediction
College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – UNC Asheville, ATS Winner – UNC Asheville, O/U – Under
The Panthers rank 182nd in assists per game (12.4) while the Bulldogs rank 234th (11.2).
UNC Asheville ranks 11th in three pointers allowed per game (16.7) while High Point ranks 280th (25.6).
The Bulldogs rank 24th in steals per game (8.4) while the Panthers rank 215th (5.2).
High Point ranks 195th in rebounds per game (34.5) while UNC Asheville ranks 290th (31.0).
The Panthers’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 3.4, down from 8.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Bulldogs have scored an average of 72.2 points per game (3.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 73.8 points per game (1.2 below their season average).