East Tennessee State at UNC Greensboro: 3/7/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
Photo by Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports
UNC Greensboro Spartans (19-7) vs East Tennessee State Buccaneers (13-11)
Game Info: Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 5:00 pm (Harrah's Cherokee Center)
Betting Odds: UNC Greensboro Spartans -2.5 -- Over/Under: 131.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
Where to Watch: ESPNU Stream College Basketball all season on ESPN+. Sign up now!
The East Tennessee State Buccaneers and UNC Greensboro Spartans will square off at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center in the Semifinals of the SoCon Championship this Sunday night.
The 5-seed East Tennessee State Buccaneers (13-11) was able to advance to the Semifinals after defeating the 4-seed Chattanooga Mocs, 63-53, this past Saturday night. East Tennessee State was outstanding on the defensive end against Chattanooga and was able to pull away late in the 2nd half after a 6-0 Buccaneers run gave East Tennessee State a 57-49 lead with 1:03 left in regulation. East Tennessee State shot 43.1% from the field and 40.0% from beyond the arc while Chattanooga shot 32.1% from the field and 25.0% shooting from beyond the arc. East Tennessee State lost the turnover battle by a 15-13 margin, however, did outrebound Chattanooga by a 37-32 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Buccaneers was Damari Monsanto who had a double-double with 18 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, & 2 steals.
On the season, East Tennessee State is averaging 69.6 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Buccaneers are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 35.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, East Tennessee State has been led by Ledarrius Brewer (16.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.6 spg), Damari Monsanto (11.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.1 spg), David Sloan (11.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4.3 apg), & Silas Adheke (5.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.1 apg).
Defensively, East Tennessee State is holding their opponents to an average of 65.7 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Buccaneers have a rebound margin of 2.9 and a turnover margin of 0.5.
The 1-seed UNC Greensboro Spartans (19-8) was able to advance to the Semifinals after defeating the 8-seed The Citadel Bulldogs, 80-72, this past Saturday afternoon. UNC Greensboro had all they could handle from The Citadel as the game was tied up at 69-all with just 2:42 left in regulation, however, the Spartans were strong down the stretch and pulled away by closing on the game on a 11-3 run. UNC Greensboro shot 44.4% from the field and 36.0% from beyond the arc while The Citadel shot 41.7% from the field and 19.2% from beyond the arc. UNC Greensboro was outrebounded by The Citadel by a 38-36 margin, however, did win the turnover battle by a 12-10 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Spartans was Isaiah Miller who had 21 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, & 2 steals.
On the season, UNC Greensboro is averaging 73.7 ppg on 42.3% shooting from the field. The Spartans are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 29.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UNC Greensboro has been led by Isaiah Miller (19.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 3.9 apg, 2.6 spg), Keyshaun Langley (9.6 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.1 spg), Kaleb Hunter (9.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg), & Angelo Allegri (8.1 ppg, 4.2 rpg).
Defensively, UNC Greensboro is allowing their opponents to average 67.8 ppg on 41.2% shooting from the field. The Spartans have a rebound margin of 3.6 and a turnover margin of 3.5.
The Buccaneers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games, however, are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Spartans are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss and 11-4 ATS in their last 15 games as a favorite.
East Tennessee State picked up a nice win against Chattanooga, however, this is a team that just was not playing their best basketball down the stretch as coming into this tournament the Buccaneers had lost 6 of their previous 8 games. UNC Greensboro was outstanding during conference play this season and have been solid on both ends of the ball as the Spartans currently rank 116th in scoring offense & 101st in scoring defense. East Tennessee State split their regular season series with UNG Greensboro in two competitive games, however, UNC Greensboro is just the better team and as I think Isaiah Miller has big day for the Spartans, I think UNC Greensboro does enough to cover this small spread. Good Luck!