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Charleston Southern vs USC Upstate Pick & Preview: Wednesday, February 8th Betting Odds
Buccaneers vs Spartans Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Charleston Southern Buccaneers at USC Upstate Spartans
- Where: Spartanburg at Hodge Center
- Date: Wednesday, February 8th
- Betting Odds: Charleston Southern +3, CHSOU +130 | SCUP -160 O/U 144.0
Charleston Southern will be looking to pick up a win in today’s game vs USC Upstate in order to snap their current 2 game losing streak. On the road, the Buccaneers will be playing their 12th game of the season, having gone 3-9. So far, the Buccaneers have been the underdog 17 times, going 4-13 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +3 underdogs on the spread.
Charleston Southern’s leading scorer this season is Claudell Harris Jr., who is averaging 18.39 points per contest. So far, Jr. has accounted for 23.32% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.0 rebounds per game and 2.26 assists. Tahlik Chavez is the second leading scorer for the Buccaneers, averaging 12.04 points per game. Between him and Chavez, they are accounting for 38.6% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Charleston Southern this season, as they are currently ranked 290th in college basketball at 68.5 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Buccaneers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.8%, placing them 426th in the NCAA.
USC Upstate will take the floor against the Buccaneers with an overall record of 10-13. So far this season, USC Upstate has played 10 games at home, sitting with a record of 8-2. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Spartans as the -3 point favorites. The Spartans have been favored 3 times, going 2-1 straight up.
USC Upstate will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jordan Gainey who is averaging 15.3 points per game for the Spartans. Gainey is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Spartans’ offensive game plan is the play of Trae Broadnax who has hit 48.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.57 points per game.
Coming into today’s game, USC Upstate will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Spartans are ranked 208th at 70.9 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 425th ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, USC Upstate is close to the NCAA average at 36.1%.
Free Spread Prediction: Charleston Southern Buccaneers +3
A key to this matchup, will be 3-point shooting. Coming into the game, both USC Upstate and Charleston Southern are excellent 3-point shooting teams, averaing 7.93 and 8.26 made 3’s per game, respectively. In terms of the odds, we like the Charleston Southern Buccaneers to cover as +3 point dogs. Look for their defense to do a good enough job closing out on the Spartans’ outside shooters to make things difficult for USC Upstate. At +3 we like the chances of Charleston Southern covering the spread as underdogs.