Longwood at Radford Prediction - Basketball Picks 1/26/23

Radford Highlanders (12-9) vs Longwood Lancers (15-6)

Game Info: Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 7:00 pm (Dedmon Center)

Betting Odds: Radford Highlanders -1-- Over/Under: 134.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Longwood Lancers will head down US-460 and face the Radford Highlanders in Big South play from the Dedmon Center on ESPNU. This southern Virginia series dates back to 1977, and Radford leads the all-time series, 27-9, Longwood did win both meetings last season though.

Longwood improved to 15-6 following a road win over Presbyterian. The Lancers held off a late rally from the Blue Hose and escaped with a two-point victory. LU scoring 75.5 points per game, while allowing 66.1 ppg, and shooting 46% from the floor

Longwood has won nine of their last ten games, and they currently sit atop the Big South. It’s been a collective effort for the Lancers this season, with solid guard play leading the way. Isaiah Wilkins double-doubled against UNC Asheville and SC Upstate, and he leads the Lancers in scoring (12.8) and rebounding (5.8). Fourth-year starter Deshaun Wade scored 19 points in the win over Upstate, and he’s up to 10.3 ppg.

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Radford moved to 12-9 after beating High Point at home. The Highlanders jumped out to a big halftime lead, and cruised to defeat the Panthers by 15 points. RU is scoring 72.2 points per game, while allowing 64.9 ppg, and shooting 47.9% from the field.

Radford has won their last five games, and they have a chance to jump the Lancers in the conference standings with a win here. The Highlanders also play a collective brand of basketball, and they’re led by a handful of newcomers. Former Murray State guard Daquan Smith went for a game-high 22 points in the win over HPU, and he leads RU in scoring (13.3). Sophomore forward Justin Archer has double-doubled in back-to-back games, and he leads RU in rebounding (6.9), while scoring 7.9 ppg. 

Longwood is 10-9 against the spread this season, with 9-10 over/under record. Radford is 12-6-1 ATS this year, with a 9-10 o/u record. Under is 4-0 in LU's last 4 overall. RU is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.

It’s a shame southern Virginia lacks creativity and hasn’t billed this rivalry up. Longwood and Radford have been solid fixtures in the Big South over the years, and they both have a good shot at raising another conference crown this season. I wish this was a home underdog spot, but I like rolling with the hosts in these types of matchups. Radford was swept by Longwood last season, so revenge may be on their minds coming into this one. Roll with Radford’s ML for this Big South matchup, and give the under a look as well, with neither team scoring at a high rate or playing at a high pace.

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