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Samford vs UNCG Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds
Bulldogs vs Spartans Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Samford Bulldogs at UNCG Spartans
- Where: Greensboro at Greensboro Coliseum
- Date: Saturday, January 7th
- Betting Odds: Samford +4.5, SAMF +165 | NCG -205 O/U 134.5
Heading into today’s matchup vs UNCG, the Samford Bulldogs will be taking the floor for the 17th time this season and have an overall record of 9-7. On the road, the Bulldogs will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 2-5. So far, the Bulldogs have been the underdog 4 times, going 0-4 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +4.5 underdogs on the spread.
Samford’s leading scorer this season is Logan Dye, who is averaging 12.69 points per contest. So far, Dye has accounted for 16.01% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.56 rebounds per game and 0.94 assists. Jermaine Marshall is the second leading scorer for the Bulldogs, averaging 11.67 points per game. Between him and Marshall, they are accounting for 29.8% of the team’s scoring.
On offense, Samford is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.7 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 16 games, they have only hit 33.5% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 42.61% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
The UNCG Spartans will be looking to pick up their 17th win of the season and are in the middle of a 3 game win streak. So far this season, UNCG has played 8 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-3. At the time of this article, the oddsmakers have the Spartans as the -4.5 point favorites. The Spartans have been favored 9 times, going 5-4 straight up.
UNCG will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Keyshaun Langley who is averaging 12.62 points per game for the Spartans. Langley 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 Keondre Kennedy who has hit 41.0% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 13.36 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for UNCG this season, as they are currently ranked 378th in college basketball at 65.0 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 Spartans’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 34.0%, placing them 249th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Samford Bulldogs +4.5
In today’s matchup, our analysis has identified the best bet as an opportunity to bet on a road underdog. Coming into the game, the UNCG Spartans are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -4.5. However, we anticipate Samford putting up a strong fight and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Spartans as the favorite. But, we see this line being set too high and like the value of taking the Bulldogs to cover.
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