Winthrop vs. USC Upstate - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Winthrop vs. USC Upstate - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Rob Kinnan-USA TODAY Sports

USC Upstate Spartans (13-19) at Winthrop Eagles (21-10)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 12:00 pm (Dedmon Center)

The Line: Winthrop Eagles -13 -- Over/Under: 149 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The South Carolina Upstate Spartans (13-19, 8-11 BS) will face off with the Winthrop Eagles (21-10, 15-3 BS) in a Big South Tournament Quarterfinal game in Radford, VA at the Dedmon Center. Winthrop won both the meetings between these schools this season, winning the last match-up 90-82 as 9-point road favorites.

South Carolina Upstate is 4-6 straight up and 5-5 against the spread in their last 10 games. South Carolina Upstate is 8-11 straight up but 11-8 against the spread in conference games this season. South Carolina Upstate averages 69.3 points per game and allows 73.6 points per game to opponents, and South Carolina Upstate shoots 42.5% from the field, 32.4% from 3 and 69% from the free-throw line in those games.

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South Carolina Upstate has won two in a row after losing 4 consecutive games towards the end of the year, winning their last game in the 1st round of the Big South Tournament over High Point 69-59 as a 4 ½-point favorite. South Carolina Upstate is ranked 323rd by KenPom, with the 303rd ranked offense and 315th ranked defense in the country. South Carolina Upstate is led by Sophomore guard Everette Hammond, who averages 14.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game, and Freshman guard Tommy Bruner, who averages 13.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game for the Spartans.

Winthrop is 7-3 straight up but just 2-8 against the spread in their last 10 games. Winthrop is 15-3 straight up and 7-11 against the spread in conference games this year. Winthrop averages 80.8 points per game and surrenders 71.8 points per game to opponents, and WInthrop has shot 45.9% from the field, 34.3% from 3 and 63.% from the free-throw line in those games.

Winthrop had won 14 consecutive games before losing 3 out of 4 towards the end of the year and then finishing the season with two consecutive wins. Winthrop beat High Point in their last game 84-76 as a 16 ½-point home favorite. Winthrop is ranked 144th by KenPom, with the 143rd ranked offense and 184th ranked defense in the country. Winthrop is led by Senior guard Hunter Hale, who averages 13.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game, and Senior forward Josh Ferguson, who averages 11.3 points and 6.4 rebounds per game for the Eages.

Winthrop is 7-0 in their last 7 games against South Carolina Upstate and is 4-3 against the spread in those games, 3 of which went over the betting total. The over is 6-4 in the last 10 games for South Carolina Upstate and 7-3 in the last 10 for Winthrop.

Winthrop is the heavy favorite here, and though I certainly expect the Eagles to come out with the victory, South Carolina Upstate knows this will likely be their final game of the season and I expect a tremendous effort from the underdogs. I’ll take South Carolina Upstate and the points.

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Erik’s Pick South Carolina Upstate +13

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