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Radford vs UNC Asheville Pick & Preview: Thursday, December 29th Betting Odds

Highlanders vs Bulldogs Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Radford Highlanders at UNC Asheville Bulldogs
  • Where: Asheville at Kimmel Arena
  • Date: Thursday, December 29th
  • Betting Odds: Radford +3.5, RADF +141 | NCASHE -177 O/U 145.5

Highlanders Preview:

Radford heads into this matchup having played 13 games and have an overall record sitting at 6-7. So far, the Highlanders have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 1-7. For the season, Radford has been the underdog in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 0-5. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Highlanders being +3.5 point underdogs.

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Radford’s leading scorer this season is Kenyon Giles who is averaging 12.77 points per contest. So far, Giles has accounted for 17.24% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 1.54 rebounds per game and 1.46 assists. DaQuan Smith is the second leading scorer for the Highlanders, averaging 11.23 points per game. Between him and Smith, they are accounting for 32.4% of the team’s scoring.

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 that 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.

Bulldogs Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Radford, the UNC Asheville Bulldogs will be taking the floor for the 14th time this season and have an overall record of 8-5. So far this season, UNC Asheville has played 6 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-1. The Bulldogs’ are sitting with a betting line that is -3.5 points in their favor. For the season, UNC Asheville has been favored to win in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 4-3.

Drew Pember comes into today’s game as the Bulldogs’ leading scorer at 18.54 points per contest. Not only has Pember been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is UNC Asheville’s top rebounder at 9.08 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 14.69 points per game. Overall, he has hit 53.4% of his shots and is adding 4.69 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: Radford Highlanders +3.5

Our betting model for this contest between the Radford Highlanders and the UNC Asheville Bulldogs has identified Radford at +3.5 as today’s best bet. Although the Highlanders are the betting underdogs, we like how they have been performing vs the spread at away. Over the school’s last 10 road games, they have a record of 7-2-1 vs the spread. Although UNC Asheville has shot well from behind the arc this season, look for the Highlanders’ defense to put the clamps down with their 3-point defense. Our recommendation is to jump on Radford to cover as +3.5 point road underdogs.

 


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