Check out our free USC Upstate vs Charleston Southern pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Charleston. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.

USC Upstate vs Charleston Southern Pick & Preview: Saturday, December 31st Betting Odds

Spartans vs Buccaneers Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: USC Upstate Spartans at Charleston Southern Buccaneers
  • Where: Charleston at Buccaneer Fieldhouse
  • Date: Saturday, December 31st
  • Betting Odds: USC Upstate +2.5, SCUP +119 | CHSOU -149 O/U 143.5

Spartans Preview:

USC Upstate will take the floor against the Buccaneers with an overall record of 6-6. On the road, the Spartans will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 1-6. So far, the Spartans have been the underdog 9 times, going 3-6 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +2.5 underdogs on the spread.

USC Upstate will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jordan Gainey who is averaging 16.0 points per game for the Spartans. Gainey 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 gameplan is the play of Trae Broadnax who has hit 42.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 9.5 points per game.

Coming into today’s game, USC Upstate will be looking from some improved play from their offense. Currently, the Spartans are ranked 208th at 70.9 points per game. A major reason for their low scoring mumbers is the fact that they tend to work the clock on offense. This year, they are the 425th ranked team in terms of pace. When looking at their 3-point shooting numbers, USC Upstate is close to the NCAA average at 36.1%.

Buccaneers Preview:

Through 12 games, the Charleston Southern Buccaneers have an overall record of 4-8. Currently, the Buccaneers have been the home team 5 times, sitting with a record of 3-2. The Buccaneers’ are sitting with a betting line that is -2.5 points in their favor. For the season, Charleston Southern has been favored to win in 2 games, sitting with a mark of 1-1.

Charleston Southern’s leading scorer this season is Claudell Harris Jr. who is averaging 16.75 points per contest. So far, Jr. has accounted for 21.75% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.33 rebounds per game and 2.5 assists. Taje’ Kelly is the second leading scorer for the Buccaneers, averaging 11.75 points per game. Between him and Kelly, they are accounting for 37.0% of the team’s scoring.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Charleston Southern this season, as they are currently ranked 290th in college basketball at 68.5 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 Buccaneers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 30.8%, placing them 426th in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Charleston Southern Buccaneers -2.5

Heading into this matchup, with the Charleston Southern Buccaneers sitting as -2.5 point favorites, we like them to pick up the win and cover the spread. Both team’s will be coming into the game looking to get up shots from outside, as Charleston Southern and USC Upstate are averaging 8.26 and 7.93 made 3’s per game, respectively. One trend that we feel strongly about is the fact that Charleston Southern has historically performed well against the spread at home, going 7-3 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Buccaneers to cover at -2.5.

 


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