The USC Upstate Spartans (2-8) can snap a seven-game road losing streak when they clash against the South Carolina State Bulldogs (4-5) at Smith-Hammond-Middleton Center. Action starts at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, December 18, 2019.
USC Upstate Spartans at South Carolina State Bulldogs Free Preview
The Spartans lost to the Furman Paladins in their last contest, 84-72. With 22 points on 8-for-11 shooting, Bryson Mozone was USC Upstate’s high scorer. Furman had an offensive rebounding percentage of 35.5 (above their season average of 23.4). USC Upstate, on the other hand, had an effective field goal percentage of 0.650 (above their season average of 0.430).
In the Bulldogs’ last game, they defeated the UNC Asheville Bulldogs, 90-85. With 21 points on 5-for-8 shooting, Rayshawn Neal led South Carolina State in scoring. South Carolina State made 31 of their 38 free throws (81.6 percent) and held UNC Asheville to an effective field goal percentage of 0.507 (below the 0.560 mark opponents have averaged against South Carolina State this season).
The aggressive South Carolina State offense looks poised to dominate from the foul line. Dating back to last season, the Bulldogs rank eighth in the country with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.301, while USC Upstate ranks 326th in FTA rate allowed (0.278).
The Spartans won the only game against the Bulldogs last season, 88-84. USC Upstate made 11 of its 25 three pointers (44.0 percent). South Carolina State, on the other hand, had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (46.3 vs. 25.0).
USC Upstate Spartans vs. South Carolina State Bulldogs Betting Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – South Carolina State, ATS Winner – South Carolina State, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2018-Present):
USC Upstate ranks 122nd in three pointers attempted per game (24.9) while South Carolina State ranks 254th (17.0).