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UNC Asheville vs Gardner-Webb Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 14th Betting Odds

Bulldogs vs Runnin’ Bulldogs Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: UNC Asheville Bulldogs at Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs
  • Where: Boiling Springs at Paul Porter Arena
  • Date: Saturday, January 14th
  • Betting Odds: UNC Asheville +4.5, NCASHE +165 | GARDWB -205 O/U 130.0

Bulldogs Preview:

UNC Asheville heads into this matchup having played 18 games and have an overall record sitting at 12-6. On the road, the Bulldogs will be playing their 9th game of the season, having gone 4-5. So far, the Bulldogs have been the underdog 7 times, going 4-3 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +4.5 underdogs on the spread.

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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 9.22 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 13.89 points per game. Overall, he has hit 52.0% of his shots and is adding 5.44 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%.

Runnin’ Bulldogs Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs UNC Asheville, the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs will be taking the floor for the 18th time this season and have an overall record of 8-9. So far this season, Gardner-Webb has played 6 games at home, sitting with a record of 4-2. The Runnin’ Bulldogs’ are sitting with a betting line that is -4.5 points in their favor. For the season, Gardner-Webb has been favored to win in 10 games, sitting with a mark of 6-4.

Gardner-Webb’s leading scorer this season is Anthony Selden, who is averaging 11.53 points per contest. So far, Selden has accounted for 15.95% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.65 rebounds per game and 1.06 assists. DQ Nicholas is the second leading scorer for the Runnin’ Bulldogs, averaging 11.53 points per game. Between him and Nicholas, they are accounting for 31.9% 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: UNC Asheville 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 Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs are the betting favorite with a point spread set at -4.5. However, we anticipate UNC Asheville putting up a strong fight and see them covering the spread. It is likely, the the public is going to side heavily with the Runnin’ Bulldogs 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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