Check out our free Longwood vs UNC Asheville pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Asheville. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Longwood vs UNC Asheville Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 12th Betting Odds

Lancers vs Bulldogs Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Longwood Lancers at UNC Asheville Bulldogs
  • Where: Asheville at Kimmel Arena
  • Date: Thursday, January 12th
  • Betting Odds: Longwood -2, LONGWD -136 | NCASHE +112 O/U 141.5

Lancers Preview:

The Longwood will take the floor in today’s game in the middle of a 7 game win streak and have an overall record of 12-5. On the road, the Lancers will be playing their 9th game of the season, having gone 5-4. This season, Longwood has been favored to win in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 10-1. For today’s contest, Longwood has a betting line set -2 points in their favor.

Longwood’s leading scorer this season is Isaiah Wilkins, who is averaging 13.31 points per contest. So far, Wilkins has accounted for 15.82% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.12 rebounds per game and 1.44 assists. Walyn Napper is the second leading scorer for the Lancers, averaging 10.65 points per game. Between him and Napper, they are accounting for 29.3% of the team’s scoring.

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Through 17 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.

Bulldogs Preview:

The UNC Asheville Bulldogs head into today’s game in what will be their 18th game of the season, posting a record of 11-6. Currently, the Bulldogs have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 7-1. So far, the Bulldogs have been the underdog 6 times, going 3-3 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +2 underdogs on the spread.

Drew Pember comes into today’s game as the Bulldogs’ leading scorer at 18.94 points per contest. Not only has Pember been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is UNC Asheville’s top rebounder at 8.94 boards per contest. Behind Pember, the team has benefited from the strong play of Tajion Jones, who is second on the team in scoring at 14.12 points per game. Overall, he has hit 52.4% of his shots and is adding 5.29 boards per game.

On offense, UNC Asheville comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 484th in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Bulldogs’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.9 points per game. So far, 40.33% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 35.8%.

Free Spread Prediction: Longwood Lancers -2

For this showdown between the Longwood Lancers and UNC Asheville Bulldogs, our analysis points to 3-point shooting being a key factor in the outcome of this game. Both team’s come into the game with above average numbers in made 3’s per game. So far, Longwood and UNC Asheville are 187th and 194th in that department, respectively. After crunching the numbers, we anticipate Longwood continuing to shoot the ball well. For the season, they have hit 37.9% of their looks from deep. With a point spread sitting at -2 in favor of Longwood, we like them to not only win but cover the spread.

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