Betting on today’s Spartans and Highlanders game? Catch the action at Donald N. Dedmon Center in Radford, VA, as the Highlanders hosts this showdown at 2:00 ET on ESPN+. The odds for this Big South conference game currently have the Highlanders as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 136.5 points.
USC UPSTATE SPARTANS VS RADFORD HIGHLANDERS BETTING PICK
The Pick: USC Upstate Spartans +9
This game will be played at Donald N. Dedmon Center at 2:00 ET on Saturday, January 20th.
WHY BET THE USC UPSTATE SPARTANS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-69 in favor of the Highlanders.
- Even though we have Radford winning straight-up, we like USC Upstate at +9.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 136.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.
Will the Spartans Secure A Victory as Road Underdogs?
USC Upstate is 6-11 overall and 1-3 in Big South play. They are 2-8 on the road this season, and their average margin of defeat is -10.2 points per game. As the underdog, the Spartans are 3-11 this season.
The Spartans are coming off a 73-71 win over Longwood. They have lost three straight games on the road, and their record in their last 10 road games is 2-8.
USC Upstate has an ATS record of 6-8 this season and they are 4-6 vs. the spread on the road. As the underdog, the Spartans are 6-8 vs. the spread this year. In their last 3 road games, USC Upstate has an ATS record of 1-2.
Today’s over/under line of 136.5 is lower than the average over/under line in USC Upstate’s games this season (142.2). So far, 7 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line. In their last three games, the over/under record is 3-0 and the average scoring total in those games is 150 points.
In their recent matchup, the USC Upstate offense ended with 73 points against Longwood. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 53.7% and made 8 threes. In terms of three-point shooting, the Spartans offense has been good from outside, hitting 35% of their three-pointers on an average of 23.2 attempts per game. Their overall field goal percentage is currently 44%.
USC Upstate’s defense is currently in line with the NCAA average for points allowed, allowing an average of 73.1 points per game. Against Longwood in their most recent game, the USC Upstate defense gave up a total of 71 points while allowing Longwood to hit 53% of their shots.
Will the Highlanders Secure A Victory as Home Favorites?
Radford will be looking to snap a two-game losing streak at home, where they are 5-2 this season. They have gone 7-3 in their last 10 games at home and have an average scoring margin of +4.1 points per game at home compared to -5.3 points per game on the road.
So far this season, Radford has been the favorite in eight of their 19 games, going 6-2 in those contests. Their overall record this season is 11-8, including a 1-2 mark in Big South games and a 10-6 record in non-conference matchups.
As the favorite, Radford has gone 4-3-1 vs. the spread this season, including a 1-2 mark in their last three home games. Their overall home ATS record is 3-3-1, while their mark over their last 10 games as the favorite is 5-4-1.
Radford’s over/under record for the season is 10-5-1 and the average point total in their games is 142.1. Today’s over/under line of 136.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this season (140.5). So far, 11 of their games have had a higher over/under line than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 149 points and their over/under record during this stretch is 2-1.
Compared to their season average of 73.6 points per game, Radford struggled in their previous game. Against Gardner-Webb, the Highlanders scored 68 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 46.6%. The team’s top scorer is Kenyon Giles, who comes into today’s matchup with an average of 14.7, while DaQuan Smith also maintains a PPG average of 14.4 leading up to the game.
The Highlanders’ defense is presently ranked 131st nationally, allowing an average of 70.4 points per contest. In their previous game vs. Gardner-Webb, the Runnin’ Bulldogs finished with a field goal percentage of 46% and a total of 74 points vs. Radford.