Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Spartans versus the Panthers? Tip off is at at 7:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena in High Point, NC. This Big South conference matchup has an over/under of 152.5 points, and High Point is favored to win by -14 at home vs. USC Upstate.

USC UPSTATE SPARTANS VS HIGH POINT PANTHERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: USC Upstate Spartans +14

This game will be played at Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena at 7:00 ET on Wednesday, February 14th.

WHY BET THE USC UPSTATE SPARTANS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-70 in favor of the Panthers.
  • Even though we have High Point winning straight-up, we like USC Upstate at +14.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 152.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

No Pressure for USC Upstate as Away Dogs

USC Upstate is 8-16 this season, including a 3-8 record in Big South games. On the road, the Spartans are just 3-11, and they have gone 1-4 in their last five games away from home.

As an underdog this season, USC Upstate has gone 4-16. So far, they have been the underdog in 20 of their 24 games. Their average scoring margin on the road is -8.0 points per game.

Against the spread, USC Upstate is 10-11 this season. On the road, they have gone 7-7 vs. the spread. As the underdog, they have an ATS mark of 9-11. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Spartans have gone 5-5 vs. the spread.

Today’s over/under line of 152.5 is higher than the average over/under line in USC Upstate’s games this season (142). So far, 15 of their games have finished with less points than today’s OU line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 and the average scoring total is 140 points.

Against UNC Asheville, the USC Upstate had a tough time putting up points compared to their season average of 71.3 points per game. They scored 64 points and posted a field goal percentage of 42.6% in the game. Offensively, the Spartans hold a season-long field goal percentage of 44%, placing them 203rd in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 248th in terms of percentage and 159th in three-pointers made.

So far, the Spartans’ defense is ranked 188th in the country at 72.9 points per contest. Against UNC Asheville, the Spartans’ defense gave up 77 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, UNC Asheville only made 10 free-throws.

Is a Home Win Possible for High Point?

High Point is a perfect 13-0 at home this season, and they have won 10 straight home games. Overall, the Panthers are 21-5, including a 10-1 mark in Big South play.

High Point has been favored in 15 games this season, and they have won all 15 of those contests. Their average scoring margin at home this year is +11.2 points per game.

High Point’s ATS record this season is 15-7-2, and they are 8-5 vs. the spread at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Panthers have gone 5-5 ATS.

High Point’s over/under record for the season sits at 14-10, and today’s over/under line of 152.5 is slightly higher than the average over/under line in their games (152.1). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 151 points, which is lower than today’s over/under line. So far this year, 13 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line.

Compared to their season average of 84.5 points per game, High Point struggled in their previous game. Against Gardner-Webb, the Panthers scored 78 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 35.3%. The team’s scoring leader is Kezza Giffa, who holds an average of 16.5 as they head into today’s matchup. Additionally, Duke Miles is averaging 18.3 points per game this season.

On the defensive side, High Point is currently hovering around the NCAA’s average for points allowed, conceding an average of 73.7 points per game. High Point will look once again to perform well on defense, holding Gardner-Webb to just 39% shooting in their most recent game.