Charlotte vs. North Texas - 3/4/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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North Texas Mean Green (20-10) at Charlotte 49ers (15-12)
College Basketball: Wednesday, March 4, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Dale F. Halton Arena)
The Line: Charlotte 49ers +3 -- Over/Under: 129.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The North Texas Mean Green Eagles (20-10, 14-3 CUSA) travel to Charlotte, NC to face off against the Charlotte 49ers (15-12, 9-7 CUSA) in a Conference USA battle at Dale F. Halton Arena. The last time these teams met on February 13, North Texas beat Charlotte 81-72 as 8-point home favorites.
North Texas is 8-2 in its last 10 games and 5-4-1 against the spread during that stretch. North Texas has gone 6-2 in conference road games this season, and has gone 5-3 against the spread in those games. North Texas averages 66.6 points per game and gives up 63.2 points per game on the road this year, and shoots 46.4% from the field, 37.3% from 3 and 76.2% from the free throw line in those games.
North Texas has won 6 of its last 7 games and 14 of its last 16. North Texas won their last game 78-72 against Western Kentucky as 6 ½-point home favorites. North Texas is ranked 65th by KenPom, with the 23rd ranked offense and 162nd ranked defense in the country. North Texas is led by Sophomore guard Umoja Gibson, who averages 14.8 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game, and Freshman guard Javion Hamlet, who averages 14.5 points, 3 rebounds and 4.9 assists per game.
Charlotte is 5-5 in their last 10 games straight up but just 3-6-1 against the spread during that stretch. Charlotte is 7-1 in conference home games this year but is just 4-3-1 against the spread in those games. Charlotte averages 69.6 points per game and surrenders 59.4 points per game to opponents in home games this year, and Charlotte shoots 46.2% from the field, 35.1% from 3 and 70.3% from the free throw line in those contests.
Charlotte has lost 3 of its last 4 games and lost its last game to Florida International 52-67 as 5-point home favorites. Charlotte is ranked 164th by KenPom, with the 228th ranked offense and 113th ranked defense in the nation. Charlotte is led by Senior guard Jordan Shepherd, who averages 13.9 points, 3.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game, and Freshman guard Jahmir Young, who averages 12.7 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. I’m sure it’s just a hilarious coincidence that the Senior is Shepherd to the Freshman Young.
Charlotte is 6-4 in their last 10 games against North Texas, but North Texas is 5-4-1 against the spread in those games, 8 of which went over the total. The over is 7-3 for both North Texas and Charlotte’s previous 10 games.
Charlotte looked pretty bad in their previous game at home, getting blown out by Florida International, and North Texas has been a machine this year in conference play. I’ll take the slight road favorite in this one.