The UTSA Roadrunners (11-13, 5-6 CUSA) will travel to Dale F. Halton Arena to take on the Charlotte 49ers (13-9, 7-4 CUSA) in their home finale. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 8, 2020.
UTSA Roadrunners vs. Charlotte 49ers ATS Preview
The last time the Roadrunners played, they defeated the Old Dominion Monarchs, 85-81. Jhivvan Jackson was the game’s leading scorer with 45 points on 17-for-33 shooting. The Roadrunners had a better effective field goal percentage (0.514 vs. 0.470) and held the Monarchs to an offensive rebounding percentage of 26.1 (below their season average of 31.2).
The 49ers will look to maintain momentum after beating the UTEP Miners in their last contest, 68-64. Charlotte was lifted by Jahmir Young, who was the team’s leading scorer with 14 points on 5-for-11 shooting. Charlotte dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 19.2 (below their season average of 21.2) and a free throw rate of 0.184 (below their season average of 0.276). For those same stats, UTEP put up marks of 9.4 and 0.123, respectively.
The physical Charlotte offense could be getting to the free throw line a lot in this battle. The 49ers rank 47th in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.272, while UTSA ranks 265th in FTA rate allowed (0.252). It will also be a tale of two paces as the fast-paced Roadrunners rank 20th in possessions per game, while the more methodical 49ers rank 261st.
This is the first time these teams will go head-to-head this year. The Roadrunners won the lone contest played against each other last season, 88-43. The Roadrunners dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a superb turnover percentage of 9.4 and a ridiculous effective field goal percentage of 0.656. The 49ers were 20.9 and 0.324, respectively, for those same stats.
UTSA Roadrunners at Charlotte 49ers Free Prediction
Basketball Tip: SU Winner – UTSA, ATS Winner – UTSA, O/U – Over
The 49ers rank 90th in blocks per game (3.5) while the Roadrunners rank 98th in blocks allowed per game (3.3).
UTSA ranks 20th in three pointers attempted per game (27.4) while Charlotte ranks 256th (18.4).
The Roadrunners rank 47th in rebounds per game (38.7) while the 49ers rank 272nd (32.2).
Charlotte ranks 43rd in steals per game (8.0) while UTSA ranks 152nd (6.0).
The 49ers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.6, down from 3.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Roadrunners have scored an average of 80.2 points per game (1.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 85.2 points per game (7.9 above their season average).