Check out our free High Point vs USC Upstate pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Spartanburg. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

High Point vs USC Upstate Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds

Panthers vs Spartans Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: High Point Panthers at USC Upstate Spartans
  • Where: Spartanburg at Hodge Center
  • Date: Saturday, January 7th
  • Betting Odds: High Point -1.5, HPNT -126 | SCUP +104 O/U 150.5

Panthers Preview:

High Point will be looking to pick up a win in today’s game vs USC Upstate in order to snap their current 6 game losing streak. So far, the Panthers have played 6 games on the road, with a record of 2-4. This season, High Point has been favored to win in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 4-2. For today’s contest, High Point has a betting line set -1.5 points in their favor.

High Point’s leading scorer this season is Jaden House, who is averaging 20.0 points per contest. So far, House has accounted for 24.94% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.47 rebounds per game and 2.27 assists. Abdoulaye Thiam is the second leading scorer for the Panthers, averaging 14.53 points per game. Between him and Thiam, they are accounting for 43.1% of the team’s scoring.

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Offensive production has been hard to come by for High Point this season, as they are currently ranked 251st 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 Panthers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.5%, placing them 283rd in the NCAA.

Spartans Preview:

USC Upstate heads into this matchup having played 14 games and have an overall record sitting at 7-7. Currently, the Spartans have been the home team 5 times, sitting with a record of 5-0. So far, the Spartans have been the underdog 11 times, going 4-7 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1.5 underdogs on the spread.

USC Upstate will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jordan Gainey who is averaging 15.93 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 45.4% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 10.07 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: High Point Panthers -1.5

Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the High Point Panthers to pick up the win and cover the spread as -1.5 point betting favorites. Although High Point as a team is just 201st in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Spartans’ defense. In addition, the Panthers have made bettors money who have taken them to cover on the road, as they are 5-4-1 (last 10). At -1.5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Panthers to come out on top and cover.


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