Radford Highlanders vs. Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs Free Prediction 01/08/20

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The Radford Highlanders (6-7, 1-0 BigSou) will be at Paul Porter Arena to square off with the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs (5-9, 1-1 BigSou) in a BigSou matchup. The game begins at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.

Radford Highlanders at Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs ATS Odds

In their last outing, the Runnin’ Bulldogs lost to the Presbyterian Blue Hose, 68-62, while the Highlanders were victorious over the High Point Panthers, 73-62.

Radford dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.396 (above their season average of 0.175) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.563 (above their season average of 0.516). High Point was 0.269 and 0.462, respectively, for those same stats. Gardner-Webb, on the other hand, forced Presbyterian into a turnover percentage of 21.2 (above the 15.3 mark opponents have averaged against Gardner-Webb this season). Jaheam Cornwall had a solid performance for Gardner-Webb, contributing 17 points and five rebounds. Meanwhile, Radford was led by Carlik Jones, who finished with 26 points, six rebounds and five assists.

This was a highly contested series last year, as the teams split their two games last season. In the most recent contest, the Runnin’ Bulldogs won 76-65. Gardner-Webb did a fantastic job of getting and making free throws (21-28; 75.0 percent). Radford, on the other hand, had a better turnover percentage (6.7 vs. 11.7). This is the first time these teams will go head-to-head this year.

Half-court execution will be critical when two of the nation’s slowest-paced teams go head-to-head. Gardner-Webb currently ranks 280th in possessions per game (67.7) and Radford is 339th (64.8). Furthermore, the Highlanders rank 40th in turnover percentage (16.9 percent), while the Runnin’ Bulldogs rank 273rd in opponents’ turnover percentage (18.2 percent).

Radford at Gardner-Webb Betting Pick

College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Radford, ATS Winner – Radford, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • Gardner-Webb ranks 49th in blocks per game (4.3) while Radford ranks 180th (2.2).
  • The Highlanders average 13.3 assists per game, which ranks 131st in the NCAA. The Runnin’ Bulldogs rank 193rd in assists allowed per game (14.5).
  • Radford averages 35.6 rebounds per game, which ranks 162nd in the NCAA. Gardner-Webb ranks 183rd in rebounds allowed per game (36.4).
  • The Highlanders rank 125th in three pointers attempted per game (22.8) while the Runnin’ Bulldogs rank 247th in three pointers allowed per game (26.5).
  • Radford ranks 12th in steals allowed per game (4.7) while Gardner-Webb ranks 94th (6.3).

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Highlanders have scored an average of 70.6 points per game (4.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 62.6 points per game (3.2 above their season average).
  • The Runnin’ Bulldogs’ average margin of defeat in their last five games has been 6.2, up from 4.4 for the season.