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UNC Asheville vs Winthrop Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 31st Betting Odds
Bulldogs vs Eagles Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: UNC Asheville Bulldogs at Winthrop Eagles
- Where: Rock Hill at Winthrop Coliseum
- Date: Saturday, December 31st
- Betting Odds: UNC Asheville +1.5, NCASHE +104 | WINTH -126 O/U 152.5
Heading into today’s matchup vs Winthrop, the UNC Asheville Bulldogs will be taking the floor for the 15th time this season and have an overall record of 9-5. On the road, the Bulldogs will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 3-4. So far, the Bulldogs have been the underdog 4 times, going 2-2 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1.5 underdogs on the spread.
Drew Pember comes into today’s game as the Bulldogs’ leading scorer at 18.07 points per contest. Not only has Pember been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is UNC Asheville’s top rebounder at 8.93 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 14.14 points per game. Overall, he has hit 52.9% of his shots and is adding 4.79 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%.
The Winthrop Eagles head into today’s game in what will be their 15th game of the season, posting a record of 5-9. So far this season, Winthrop has played 7 games at home, sitting with a record of 5-2. The Eagles’ are sitting with a betting line that is -1.5 points in their favor. For the season, Winthrop has been favored to win in 4 games, sitting with a mark of 2-2.
Kelton Talford comes into today’s game as the Eagles’ leading scorer at 17.31 points per contest. Not only has Talford been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Winthrop’s top rebounder at 7.69 boards per contest. Behind Talford, the team has benefited from the strong play of Sin’cere McMahon who is second on the team in scoring at 13.57 points per game. Overall, he has hit 43.2% of his shots and is adding 2.14 boards per game.
On offense, Winthrop comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 411st in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Eagles’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 75.2 points per game. So far, 42.85% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 37.1%.
Free Spread Prediction: UNC Asheville Bulldogs +1.5
Heading into this matchup between the Winthrop Eagles and UNC Asheville Bulldogs we have a strong lean on taking the points with UNC Asheville at +1.5. Both team’s are going to come into this game looking to get up looks from outside, as they are both average team’s in terms of 3-pointers made per game. Look for UNC Asheville to benefit from facing another squad looking to turn this into a 3-point shooting contest. When looking at the line, we see tremendous value in taking the UNC Asheville Bulldogs at +1.5. Go ahead and lock this bet in before tip-off.
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