Check out our free Presbyterian 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.

Presbyterian vs USC Upstate Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 18th Betting Odds

Blue Hose vs Spartans Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Presbyterian Blue Hose at USC Upstate Spartans
  • Where: Spartanburg at Hodge Center
  • Date: Wednesday, January 18th
  • Betting Odds: Presbyterian +5, PRESB +180 | SCUP -225 O/U 134.0

Blue Hose Preview:

Presbyterian will take the floor against the Spartans with an overall record of 5-14. So far, the Blue Hose have played 9 games on the road, with a record of 0-9. For the season, Presbyterian has been the underdog in 13 games, sitting with a mark of 1-12. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Blue Hose being +5 point underdogs.

Presbyterian’s leading scorer this season is Crosby James, who is averaging 11.05 points per contest. So far, James has accounted for 16.98% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 2.26 rebounds per game and 1.05 assists. Jalen Forrest is the second leading scorer for the Blue Hose, averaging 11.57 points per game. Between him and Forrest, they are accounting for 30.1% of the team’s scoring.

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Offensive production has been hard to come by for Presbyterian this season, as they are currently ranked 305th in college basketball at 67.8 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 Blue Hose’s 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 27.0%, placing them 536th in the NCAA.

Spartans Preview:

Through 17 games, the USC Upstate Spartans have an overall record of 8-9. So far this season, USC Upstate has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 6-1. The Spartans’ are sitting with a betting line that is -5 points in their favor. For the season, USC Upstate has been favored to win in 2 games, sitting with a mark of 1-1.

USC Upstate will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jordan Gainey who is averaging 16.35 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 45.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 9.94 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: USC Upstate Spartans -5

Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the USC Upstate Spartans to pick up the win and cover the spread as -5 point betting favorites. Although USC Upstate as a team is just 160th in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Blue Hose’s defense. At -5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Spartans to come out on top and cover.

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