Gardner-Webb at Radford: 1/14/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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Radford Highlanders (7-6) vs Gardner-Webb Runnin' Bulldogs (3-8)
Game Info: Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Dedmon Center)
Betting Odds: Radford Highlanders -1.5 -- Over/Under: 131 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Gardner-Webb Bulldogs will travel to the Donald N. Dedmon Center to take on the Radford Highlanders this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Gardner-Webb Bulldogs lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 3-8 on the season after being defeated by the Winthrop Eagles, 91-83, this past Sunday. Gardner-Webb had no answers on the defensive end for the Eagles and could not fight back after Winthrop took a 73-57 lead with 6:30 left in regulation. Gardner-Webb shot 46.2% from the field and 25.0% from beyond the arc while allowing Winthrop to shoot 58.8% from the field and 47.6% from beyond the arc. Gardner-Webb was outrebounded by Gardner-Webb by a 35-29 margin and committed 13 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Jaheam Cornwall who had 18 points, 2 rebounds, 9 assists, & 1 steal.
On the season, Gardner-Webb is averaging 71.3 ppg on 41.9% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 33.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Gardner-Webb has been led by Jaheam Cornwall (13.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.7 apg), Jacob Falko (11.9 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.9 apg), D’Maurian Williams (8.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg), & Anthony Selden (7.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg).
Defensively, Gardner-Webb is allowing their opponents to average 74.7 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of -3.0 and a turnover margin of -0.3.
The Radford Highlanders won their 4th straight game and improved to 8-6 on the season after defeating the Charleston Southern Buccaneers, 68-48, this past Sunday. Radford was outstanding defensively against the Charleston Southern offense and had no trouble pulling away after taking a 38-22 lead with 15:29 left in regulation. Radford shot 50.0% from the field and 31.6% from beyond the arc while holding Charleston Southern to just 30.8% from the field and 26.9% from beyond the arc. Radford outrebounded Charleston Southern by a 40-27 margin and forced 17 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Highlanders was Dravon Mangum who had 16 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, & 1 steal.
On the season, Radford is averaging 67.0 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Highlanders are averaging 5.8 three-pointers per game on 31.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Radford has been led by Fah’Mir Ali (11.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.2 spg), Dravon Mangum (8.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg), Lewis Djonkam (8.4 ppg, 5.5 rpg), & Chyree Walker (6.7 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.1 spg).
Defensively, Radford is holding their opponents to average 61.8 ppg on 39.2% shooting from the field. The Highlanders have a rebound margin of 7.9 and a turnover margin of -2.6.
The Bulldogs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 17-5 ATS in their last 22 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Highlanders are 4-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 home games.
Gardner-Webb is better than 3-8 record indicates, however, the defense is a bit concerning as the Bulldogs come into this game ranked just 273rd in scoring defense & t-269th in rebound margin. Radford is led by their defense which ranks 23rd in scoring defense & 34th in defensive FG% and between the fact that they should have the advantage on the boards and have been solid at home ATS, I’m taking Radford to cover this small home spread. Good Luck!