Radford Highlanders vs. USC Upstate Spartans ATS Prediction 01/16/20

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The Radford Highlanders (8-7, 3-0 BigSou) and the USC Upstate Spartans (7-9, 2-1 BigSou) go head-to-head at G.B. Hodge Center. The Highlanders will attempt to extend their five-game winning streak. Action begins at 6 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 16, 2020.

Radford Highlanders at USC Upstate Spartans Betting Odds

Both teams beat their last opponent. The Spartans defeated the Hampton Pirates 83-73, while the Highlanders beat the Campbell Fighting Camels 68-63.

Radford played a nearly flawless game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.375 (above their season average of 0.191) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 20.7 (below their season average of 31.5). For those same stats, Campbell was 0.241 and 13.9, respectively. The Spartans, on the other hand, had a turnover percentage of 10.3 (better than their season average of 16.9) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 30.6 (above their season average of 26.9). Everette Hammond had a good outing for USC Upstate, contributing 20 points and six rebounds. Radford, meanwhile, was lifted by Carlik Jones, who had 22 points and seven rebounds.

The Highlanders won the lone game between these two teams last season, 79-72. Getting to the charity stripe was one of Radford’s largest strengths. They had 25 free throw attempts, while USC Upstate had 16. This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams.

The high-powered offense of Radford will go head-to-head against the mid-tier defense of USC Upstate. The Highlanders rank 65th in offensive efficiency, while the Spartans are 311th in defensive efficiency. The Highlanders figure to have the advantage on that end of the court.

Radford vs. USC Upstate Free Pick

Prediction: SU Winner – Radford, ATS Winner – Radford, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • Radford ranks 10th in steals allowed per game (4.7) while USC Upstate ranks 101st (6.4).
  • The Highlanders rank 151st in rebounds per game (35.7) while the Spartans rank 226th (33.6).
  • USC Upstate averages 21.9 three pointers per game, which ranks 144th in the nation. Radford ranks 209th in three pointers allowed per game (23.9).

Bettings Trends:

  • The Highlanders’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 15.8, up from 6.0 for the season.
  • During their last five games, the Spartans have scored an average of 82.8 points per game (12.8 above their season average) and allowed an average of 74.8 points per game (0.7 above their season average).