Betting on today’s Spartans and Bulldogs game? Catch the action at Kimmel Arena in Asheville, NC, as the Bulldogs hosts this showdown at 6:00 ET on ESPN+. The over/under for this game is set at 141.5 points, and the Bulldogs are the home favorites against the Spartans in a Big South conference matchup.
USC UPSTATE SPARTANS VS UNC ASHEVILLE BULLDOGS BETTING PICK
The Pick: USC Upstate Spartans +9.5
This game will be played at Kimmel Arena at 6:00 ET on Wednesday, January 3rd.
WHY BET THE USC UPSTATE SPARTANS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 74-69 in favor of the Bulldogs.
- Even though we have UNC Asheville winning straight-up, we like USC Upstate at +9.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 141.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 143 points.
Can USC Upstate Deliver Being Underdogs on the Road?
Heading into their 14th game of the year, USC Upstate will take the court with a 5-8 record. So far this season, all of the Spartans’ games have been played on the road. As USC Upstate prepares to face UNC Asheville, their ATS record stands at 4-6. This includes a 4-4 mark on the road vs. the spread, while going 0-2 when playing at home.
Up to this point, games involving USC Upstate have had an average of 140.7 points per game, with the average over/under line set at 143.4 points. Their over/under record is 3-7-0. The Spartans have an over/under record of 0-2 in their last three games, with their games averaging 138 points per game.
In contrast to their season average of 72.2 points per game, the USC Upstate had a below average performance. They scored 59 points against Davidson and had a field goal percentage of 40.7%. Floyd Rideau Jr. led the team in scoring, putting up 14 points. Additionally, Trae Broadnax contributed 13 points for the Spartans.
So far, the Spartans’ defense is ranked 129th in the country at 70.5 points per contest. Against Davidson in their most recent game, the USC Upstate defense gave up a total of 62 points while allowing Davidson to hit 41% of their shots.
Does UNC Asheville Stand a Chance at Home?
UNC Asheville is heading into their 16th game of the season with a record of 8-7. In their previous ten home games, UNC Asheville has a 7-3 record, which includes last year. UNC Asheville has a current ATS record of 4-8 going into today’s game. In terms of ATS performance, the Bulldogs are 3-4 on the road and 1-4 at home vs. the spread.
So far, UNC Asheville’s games have averaged 154.7 points per game with the average over/under line being 151.8 points. Looking at the Bulldogs’ last three games, their over/under record is 1-2 with their games averaging 154 points per game.
In their recent matchup, the UNC Asheville offense ended with 85 points against UAB. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 46.7% and made 6 threes. Drew Pember was the leading scorer for the Bulldogs, putting up 30 points. In addition, Nicholas McMullen contributed 14 points.
So far, the Bulldogs’ defense is ranked 206th in the country at 74.9 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, UNC Asheville’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 37.2% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 24.8% this season.