The Winthrop Eagles (18-8, 12-1 BigSou) look to prolong a six-game road winning streak when they square off against the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs (10-14, 6-6 BigSou) at Paul Porter Arena. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 13, 2020, and it can be seen on ESPNU.
Winthrop Eagles vs. Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs ATS Preview
In the Eagles’ last game, they were beaten by the Radford Highlanders, 81-77. With 24 points on 8-for-18 shooting, Hunter Hale was the top scorer from either team. Radford had a free throw rate of 0.291 (above their season average of 0.207). Winthrop, meanwhile, had a better turnover percentage (14.5 vs. 16.5).
The Runnin’ Bulldogs hope to maintain momentum after blowing out the High Point Panthers in their last outing, 86-55. Gardner-Webb was lifted by Jaheam Cornwall, who was the top scorer from either team with 24 points on 8-for-17 shooting. Gardner-Webb dominated every facet of the game. They had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 43.9 (above their season average of 28.2) and a free throw rate of 0.250 (above their season average of 0.244). For those same stats, High Point was 8.6 and 0.176, respectively.
These two squads have already met once this season. The Eagles won 99-95. The Eagles dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a great offensive rebounding percentage of 29.3 and a great free throw rate of 0.313. The Runnin’ Bulldogs put up marks of 11.6 and 0.268, respectively, for those same stats. Despite the loss, Jose Perez was the game’s leading scorer with 35 points.
Second-chance opportunities could be hard to come by for Gardner-Webb in this battle. The Runnin’ Bulldogs rank 166th in offensive rebounding percentage (29.0 percent), while Winthrop ranks 60th in defensive rebounding percentage (74.9 percent).
Winthrop vs. Gardner-Webb Odds Prediction
Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Gardner-Webb, ATS Winner – Gardner-Webb, O/U – Over
The Runnin’ Bulldogs rank 53rd in blocks per game (4.1) while the Eagles rank 104th in blocks allowed per game (3.3).
Winthrop averages 6.8 steals per game, which ranks 94th in the country. Gardner-Webb ranks 122nd in steals allowed per game (6.5).
Winthrop averages 27.1 three pointers per game, which ranks 25th in the nation. Gardner-Webb ranks 273rd in three pointers allowed per game (25.3).
The Eagles average 16.1 assists per game, which ranks 19th in the NCAA. The Runnin’ Bulldogs rank 210th in assists allowed per game (14.2).
Winthrop averages 40.7 rebounds per game, which ranks 10th in the country. Gardner-Webb ranks 179th in rebounds allowed per game (35.7).
The Runnin’ Bulldogs’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 13.8, up from 0.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Eagles have scored an average of 78.0 points per game (2.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 66.6 points per game (3.4 below their season average).