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Winthrop vs USC Upstate Pick & Preview: Thursday, December 29th Betting Odds

Eagles vs Spartans Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Winthrop Eagles at USC Upstate Spartans
  • Where: Spartanburg at Hodge Center
  • Date: Thursday, December 29th
  • Betting Odds: Winthrop -3, WINTH -160 | SCUP +129 O/U 146.5

Eagles Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs USC Upstate, the Winthrop Eagles will be taking the floor for the 14th time this season and have an overall record of 5-8. So far, the Eagles have played 6 games on the road, with a record of 0-6. This season, Winthrop has been favored to win in 3 games, sitting with a mark of 2-1. For today’s contest, Winthrop have a betting line set -3 points in their favor.

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Kelton Talford comes into today’s game as the Eagles’ leading scorer at 17.92 points per contest. Not only has Talford been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Winthrop’s top rebounder at 7.92 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 14.08 points per game. Overall, he has hit 44.7% of his shots and is adding 2.15 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%.

Spartans Preview:

USC Upstate will take the floor against the Eagles with an overall record of 5-6. Currently, the Spartans have been the home team 4 times, sitting with a record of 4-0. So far, the Spartans have been the underdog 8 times, going 2-6 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +3 underdogs on the spread.

USC Upstate will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Jordan Gainey who is averaging 17.09 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 41.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 9.36 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%.

Free Spread Prediction: USC Upstate Spartans +3

Heading into this matchup between the Winthrop Eagles and USC Upstate Spartans we have a strong lean on taking the points with USC Upstate at +3. 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 USC Upstate 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 USC Upstate Spartans at +3. Go ahead and lock this bet in before tip-off.


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