UNC Asheville vs. High Point - 1/16/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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High Point Panthers (3-13) at UNC Asheville Bulldogs (7-7)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 16, 2020 at 6:00 pm (Kimmel Arena)
The Line: UNC Asheville Bulldogs -13 -- Over/Under: 144.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The High Point Panthers and the UNC-Asheville Bulldogs meet in Big South conference college basketball action from Kimmel Arena on Thursday night.
The High Point Panthers will be out to snap a four-game losing streak after a 77-62 loss the Presbyterian in their last outing. John Michael Wright led the Panthers with 15 points along with 3 threes and a team-high 7 rebounds while Cliff Thomas Jr. added 14 points with 6 rebounds as the only other double-digit scorer for High Point in the losing effort. Wright leads High Point in scoring and rebounding with an average of 13.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game while Danny Slay II leads High Point in assists with 2 assists per game this season. As a team, High Point is averaging 64.2 points per game on 39.1% shooting from the field, 30.8% from behind the 3-point line and 69.4% from the foul line this season.
The UNC-Asheville Bulldogs will look to build on a 71-69 win over Charleston Southern in their last outing. Devon Baker led the Bulldogs with 17 points on 6 of 14 shooting with 4 threes and 5 rebounds while LJ Thorpe added 16 points with team-highs of 10 rebounds and 6 assists for the double-double. Lavar Batts Jr. added 14 points with 5 steals while Taijon Jones added 13 points on 5 of 10 shooting with 3 threes to cap off the scoring in double figures for the Bulldogs in the win. Jones leads UNC-Asheville in scoring with an average of 16.4 points per game while Thorpe leads the Bulldogs in rebounding with 5.9 rebounds per game and Trent Stephney leads UNC-Asheville in assists with 2.5 assists per game this season. As a team, UNC-Asheville is averaging 78.9 points per game on 45.7% shooting from the field, 35.1% from behind the 3-point line and 64.5% from the foul line this season.
High Point is 5-16 ATS in their last 21 games overall and 2-10 ATS in their last 12 road games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games following a loss. UNC-Asheville is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400. The favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
I’m inclined to take points as I’m not trying to lay this many points with an Asheville team that’s just .500 this season, but the fact is that High Point is not a good basketball team, High Point is being outscored by 13.9 points on the year and are averaging 64.2 points per game, but those numbers get worse on the road where High Point is being outscored by 22.4 points and averaging just 57.3 points per game. I think the Bulldogs ride home court to a win and cover in this one.