Check out our free Radford vs Gardner-Webb pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Boiling Springs. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

Radford vs Gardner-Webb Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds

Highlanders vs Runnin’ Bulldogs Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Radford Highlanders at Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs
  • Where: Boiling Springs at Paul Porter Arena
  • Date: Saturday, January 7th
  • Betting Odds: Radford +5, RADF +178 | GARDWB -228 O/U 128.0

Highlanders Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Gardner-Webb, the Radford Highlanders will be taking the floor for the 17th time this season and have an overall record of 7-9. So far, the Highlanders have played 9 games on the road, with a record of 1-8. For the season, Radford has been the underdog in 6 games, sitting with a mark of 0-6. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Highlanders being +5 point underdogs.

Radford will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer DaQuan Smith who is averaging 12.44 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 44.5% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 11.56 points per game.

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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.

Runnin’ Bulldogs Preview:

Gardner-Webb heads into this matchup having played 15 games and have an overall record sitting at 7-8. So far this season, Gardner-Webb has played 5 games at home, sitting with a record of 4-1. The Runnin’ Bulldogs’ are sitting with a betting line that is -5 points in their favor. For the season, Gardner-Webb has been favored to win in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 5-3.

Gardner-Webb’s leading scorer this season is Anthony Selden, who is averaging 12.2 points per contest. So far, Selden has accounted for 16.77% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.93 rebounds per game and 0.87 assists. DQ Nicholas is the second leading scorer for the Runnin’ Bulldogs, averaging 10.6 points per game. Between him and Nicholas, 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.

Free Spread Prediction: Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs -5

Heading into this matchup, our NCAA betting model has identified this game as a profitable opportunity and recommends taking the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs to pick up the win and cover the spread as -5 point betting favorites. Although Gardner-Webb as a team is just 181st in overall shooting percentage, we see their offense putting together a strong performance against the Highlanders’ defense. In addition, the Runnin’ Bulldogs have made bettors money who have taken them to cover at home, as they are 6-4 (last 10). At -5 we see there being plenty of value in grabbing the Runnin’ Bulldogs to come out on top and cover.

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