Radford Highlanders vs. Presbyterian Blue Hose ATS Prediction 01/18/20

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The Presbyterian Blue Hose (7-10, 4-0 BigSou) welcome the Radford Highlanders (9-7, 4-0 BigSou) to Ross E. Templeton P.E. Center, where both teams will will try to extend their winning streaks. The Highlanders are riding a six-game winning streak, while the Blue Hose have won five consecutive games. Action starts at 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 18, 2020.

Radford Highlanders at Presbyterian Blue Hose Betting Odds

Both teams defeated their last opponent. The Blue Hose defeated the Longwood Lancers 74-67, while the Highlanders beat the USC Upstate Spartans 63-59.

The Highlanders had a turnover percentage of 11.2 (better than their season average of 14.5) and held the Spartans to an effective field goal percentage of 0.394 (below their season average of 0.479). Meanwhile, Presbyterian’s effective field goal percentage was their largest strength over Longwood. The Blue Hose had a rate of 0.674 (above their season average of 0.486), while the Lancers posted a mark of 0.393 (below their season average of 0.481). Presbyterian rallied around Cory Hightower, who finished with 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Carlik Jones had a good outing for Radford, putting up 23 points and six assists.

The Highlanders dominated this series last year, taking both contests. In the last contest, Radford won 84-76. Radford’s free throw rate was their largest advantage over Presbyterian. The Highlanders had a rate of 0.232, while the Blue Hose posted a mark of 0.180. This is the first time these teams will clash this year.

Half-court execution will be of utmost importance when a pair of the country’s slowest-paced teams clash. Presbyterian currently ranks 284th in possessions per game (67.4) and Radford is 341st (64.6). The Highlanders should have an edge in terms of ball protection. They rank 37th at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.6 percent). Conversely, the Blue Hose force the 78th-fewest turnovers in the NCAA (opponents’ turnover percentage of 18.2 percent).

Radford Highlanders vs. Presbyterian Blue Hose Betting Pick

Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Radford, ATS Winner – Presbyterian, O/U – Over

Betting Notes:

  • Radford ranks 11th in steals allowed per game (4.6) while Presbyterian ranks 135th (6.8).
  • The Highlanders average 22.1 three pointers per game, which ranks 138th in the country. The Blue Hose rank 250th in three pointers allowed per game (26.3).
  • Radford ranks 161st in rebounds per game (35.5) while Presbyterian ranks 168th in rebounds allowed per game (35.8).

Bettings Trends:

  • The Blue Hose have outscored opponents by an average of 11.0 points in their last five games. For the season, Presbyterian has lost by an average of 5.8 points.
  • During their last five games, the Highlanders have scored an average of 72.2 points per game (6.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 58.6 points per game (1.3 below their season average).