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Gardner-Webb vs Winthrop Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 21st Betting Odds

Runnin’ Bulldogs vs Eagles Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs at Winthrop Eagles
  • Where: Rock Hill at Winthrop Coliseum
  • Date: Saturday, January 21st
  • Betting Odds: Gardner-Webb -2.5, GARDWB -148 | WINTH +120 O/U 136.5

Runnin’ Bulldogs Preview:

Through 19 games, the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs have an overall record of 8-11. On the road, the Runnin’ Bulldogs will be playing their 12th game of the season, having gone 4-8. This season, Gardner-Webb has been favored to win in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 6-5. For today’s contest, Gardner-Webb has a betting line set -2.5 points in their favor.

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Gardner-Webb’s leading scorer this season is DQ Nicholas, who is averaging 11.32 points per contest. So far, Nicholas has accounted for 15.87% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.11 rebounds per game and 3.21 assists. Anthony Selden is the second leading scorer for the Runnin’ Bulldogs, averaging 11.0 points per game. Between him and Selden, they are accounting for 31.3% 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.

Eagles Preview:

Winthrop heads into this matchup having played 20 games and have an overall record sitting at 8-12. Currently, the Eagles have been the home team 10 times, sitting with a record of 7-3. So far, the Eagles have been the underdog 11 times, going 2-9 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +2.5 underdogs on the spread.

Kelton Talford comes into today’s game as the Eagles’ leading scorer at 16.58 points per contest. Not only has Talford been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Winthrop’s top rebounder at 7.79 boards per contest. Behind Talford, the team has benefited from the strong play of Sin’cere McMahon, who is second on the team in scoring at 12.6 points per game. Overall, he has hit 40.1% of his shots and is adding 1.8 boards per game.

On offense, Winthrop comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 411th in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Eagles’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 75.2 points per game. So far, 42.85% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 37.1%.

Free Spread Prediction: Winthrop Eagles +2.5

In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a home underdog. Coming into the game, the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -2.5. However, we anticipate Winthrop putting up a strong fight and benefiting from playing at home and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Runnin’ Bulldogs as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Eagles to cover.

 


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