East Tennessee State vs. UNC Greensboro - 2/1/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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UNC Greensboro Spartans (17-5) at East Tennessee State Buccaneers (18-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Freedom Hall Civic Center)
The Line: East Tennessee State Buccaneers -2.5 -- Over/Under: 126.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The UNC-Greensboro Spartans and the East Tennessee State Buccaneers meet in SoCon college basketball action from the Freedom Hall Civic Center on Saturday afternoon.
The UNC-Greensboro Spartans will look to add to their current five-game winning streak after a 72-58 win over Western Carolina last time out. Isaiah Miller led the Spartns with 23 points along with 9 rebonuds and a pair of steals while Kyrin Galloway added 15 points on 6 of 14 shooting with 3 threes as the only other double-digit scorer for UNCG in the win. James Dickey added 6 points with 12 rebounds and 3 assists as well in the victory for the Spartans. Miller leads the Spartans in scoring and assists with an average of 18.6 points and 2.9 assists per game while Dickey leads the Spartans in rebounding with an average of 9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, UNC-Greensboro is averaging 73.4 points per game on 43.2% shooting from the field, 31.6% from behind the arc and 63.9% from the foul line this season. The Spartans own one of the nation’s top scoring defenses as well, allowing just 59.4 points per game against this season.
The East Tennessee State Buccaneers will look to bounce back from a 71-55 loss to Mercer in their last outing. Bo Hodges led the Buccaneers with 12 points on 6 of 12 shooting with 6 rebounds while Lucas N’Guessan added 11 points with 6 rebounds and Daivien Williamson added 10 points to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for East Tennessee State in the losing effort. Isaiah Tisdale also matched his 7 points with a team-high 7 rebounds as well in the defeat. Hodges leads East Tennessee State in scoring with an average of 13.4 points per game while Tisdale leads the Buccaneers in assists with 2.9 assists per game and Jeromy Rodriguez leads East Tennessee State in rebounding with an average of 7.9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, East Tennessee State is averaging 76 points per game on 46.7% shooting from the field, 33.2% from behind the arc and 67.2% from the foul line this season.
UNC-Greensboro is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games while the under is 3-0-1 in their last 4 games overall. East Tennessee State is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 home games and 34-16-1 ATS in their last 51 Saturday games while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 games following a loss. The underdog is 4-0 ATS in the last 4 meetings between these two teams.
I’m tempted by East Tennessee State with the low line at home, where the Buccaneers are 12-1 SU, and if you take the free bucket with UNC-Greensboro, you’re hoping for an outright win from the Spartans for the most part. However, UNCG is no slouch, as the Spartans have won 7 of their 9 road games this year and gone 6-3 ATS as well, and that defense can be the Spartans’ greatest equalizer as it brings opposing teams down to their style of play. I’ll take the free bucket with UNC-Greensboro here.