BigSou foes will collide when the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs (5-11, 1-3 BigSou) challenge the USC Upstate Spartans (7-10, 2-2 BigSou) at Paul Porter Arena. Action gets underway at 4:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 18, 2020.
USC Upstate Spartans vs. Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs Betting Preview
In the Spartans’ last matchup, they lost to the Radford Highlanders, 63-59. USC Upstate’s Tommy Bruner had a solid game, leading the team in scoring with 19 points on 3-for-12 shooting. Radford had a turnover percentage of 11.2 (better than their season average of 14.5). USC Upstate, meanwhile, did a terrific job of making free throws (18-21; 85.7 percent).
The Runnin’ Bulldogs are hoping for a better outcome after their 99-95 loss to the Winthrop Eagles in their last contest. Jose Perez was the top scorer from either team with 35 points on 11-for-17 shooting. Winthrop held the Runnin’ Bulldogs to an offensive rebounding percentage of 11.6 (below their season average of 28.6). Gardner-Webb, on the other hand, had an effective field goal percentage of 0.535 (above their season average of 0.471).
Gardner-Webb could struggle to create turnovers. USC Upstate ranks 119th in the country at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 18.7 percent), while Gardner-Webb forces the 77th-fewest turnovers (18.1 percent).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Runnin’ Bulldogs won both contests last season. In the last matchup, Gardner-Webb won 64-59. The Runnin’ Bulldogs dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.405 and a great effective field goal percentage of 0.560. The Spartans recorded marks of 0.160 and 0.510, respectively, for those same stats.
USC Upstate Spartans at Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs ATS Prediction
Free Prediction: SU Winner – Gardner-Webb, ATS Winner – Gardner-Webb, O/U – Under
USC Upstate averages 11.9 assists per game, which ranks 194th in the NCAA. Gardner-Webb ranks 200th in assists allowed per game (14.4).
The Runnin’ Bulldogs have outscored opponents by an average of 2.6 points in their last five games. For the season, Gardner-Webb has lost by an average of 4.3 points.
During their last five games, the Spartans have scored an average of 76.2 points per game (6.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 72.6 points per game (0.8 below their season average).