Check out our free Gardner-Webb vs Radford pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Radford. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Gardner-Webb vs Radford Pick & Preview: Thursday, February 9th Betting Odds
Runnin’ Bulldogs vs Highlanders Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs at Radford Highlanders
- Where: Radford at Donald N. Dedmon Center
- Date: Thursday, February 9th
- Betting Odds: Gardner-Webb +4, GARDWB +155 | RADF -195 O/U 124.0
Runnin’ Bulldogs Preview:
Gardner-Webb will take their 5 game win streak into today’s game. So far, the team has an overall record of 13-11. On the road, the Runnin’ Bulldogs will be playing their 14th game of the season, having gone 6-8. So far, the Runnin’ Bulldogs have been the underdog 6 times, going 0-6 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +4 underdogs on the spread.
Gardner-Webb’s leading scorer this season is DQ Nicholas, who is averaging 12.38 points per contest. So far, Nicholas has accounted for 17.42% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.0 rebounds per game and 3.42 assists. Anthony Selden is the second leading scorer for the Runnin’ Bulldogs, averaging 10.83 points per game. Between him and Selden, they are accounting for 32.7% 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.
The Radford Highlanders will be looking to pick up their 26th win of the season and are in the middle of a 9 game win streak. So far this season, Radford has played 11 games at home, sitting with a record of 10-1. The Highlanders’ are sitting with a betting line that is -4 points in their favor. For the season, Radford has been favored to win in 15 games, sitting with a mark of 12-3.
Radford will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer DaQuan Smith who is averaging 13.68 points per game for the Highlanders. Smith 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 Highlanders’ offensive game plan is the play of Kenyon Giles who has hit 41.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 9.92 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Radford this season, as they are currently ranked 417th in college basketball at 63.2 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 Highlanders’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.7%, placing them 439th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs +4
In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a road underdog. Coming into the game, the Radford Highlanders are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -4. However, we anticipate Gardner-Webb putting up a strong fight and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Highlanders as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Runnin’ Bulldogs to cover.