Check out our free Gardner-Webb vs Longwood pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Farmville. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Gardner-Webb vs Longwood Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 18th Betting Odds
Runnin’ Bulldogs vs Lancers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs at Longwood Lancers
- Where: Farmville at Willett Hall
- Date: Wednesday, January 18th
- Betting Odds: Gardner-Webb +5.5, GARDWB +195 | LONGWD -245 O/U 133.0
Runnin’ Bulldogs Preview:
Through 18 games, the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs have an overall record of 8-10. So far, the Runnin’ Bulldogs have played 11 games on the road, with a record of 4-7. For the season, Gardner-Webb has been the underdog in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 0-5. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Runnin’ Bulldogs being +5.5 point underdogs.
Gardner-Webb’s leading scorer this season is DQ Nicholas, who is averaging 11.83 points per contest. So far, Nicholas has accounted for 16.44% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.28 rebounds per game and 3.28 assists. Anthony Selden is the second leading scorer for the Runnin’ Bulldogs, averaging 11.22 points per game. Between him and Selden, they are accounting for 32.0% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Gardner-Webb this season, as they are currently ranked 253rd in college basketball at 69.5 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 Runnin’ Bulldogs’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.0%, placing them 323rd in the NCAA.
Longwood heads into this matchup having played 19 games and have an overall record sitting at 13-6. Currently, the Lancers have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 8-1. The Lancers’ are sitting with a betting line that is -5.5 points in their favor. For the season, Longwood has been favored to win in 13 games, sitting with a mark of 11-2.
Isaiah Wilkins comes into today’s game as the Lancers’ leading scorer at 13.06 points per contest. Not only has Wilkins been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Longwood’s top rebounder at 6.06 boards per contest. Behind Wilkins, the team has benefited from the strong play of DeShaun Wade, who is second on the team in scoring at 10.42 points per game. Overall, he has hit 39.1% of his shots and is adding 3.37 boards per game.
Through 19 games, Longwood has been playing well on offense, averaging 76.3 points per game. Even though the team has been methodical with their pace, the Lancers’ shooters have been hot from outside, hitting 37.9% of their shots per game. This strong shooting percentage has equated to an average of 8.19 made 3’s per contest.
Free Spread Prediction: Longwood Lancers -5.5
Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Longwood Lancers to pick up the win and cover the spread as -5.5 point betting favorites. Although Longwood as a team is just 137th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Runnin’ Bulldogs’ defense. At -5.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Lancers to come out on top and cover.
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