Gardner-Webb vs South Carolina Upstate Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Friday, March 3, 2023

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The South Carolina Upstate Spartans (15-14, 10-8 Big South) will welcome in the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs (15-15, 10-8 Big South) after winning four home games in a row. It starts at 2:30 PM ET on Friday, March 3, 2023.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs are currently small 4-point favorites against the Spartans. The point total for the game is set at 135.5.

Gardner-Webb vs. South Carolina Upstate Odds

Point Spread for Gardner-Webb vs. South Carolina Upstate

The spread for this matchup is set at 4 points, with sportsbooks listing Gardner-Webb as the favorite.

Gardner-Webb vs. South Carolina Upstate Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Gardner-Webb has -188 odds to pick up the win, while South Carolina Upstate is listed at +157 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 135.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Friday, March 3, 2023
  • Game Time: 2:30 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN+
  • Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Arena: Bojangles’ Coliseum

Gardner-Webb vs. South Carolina Upstate Betting Trends

Against the spread, Gardner-Webb is 12-15-1 this year. The Runnin’ Bulldogs have come away with 12 wins in the 20 contests they have been listed as the favorites in this season. Gardner-Webb’s games this year have gone over the total in 14 out of 27 opportunities (51.9%).

South Carolina Upstate has played 27 games, with 14 wins, against the spread. The Spartans have gone 9-12 in games they were the underdog on the moneyline (winning 42.9% of those games). South Carolina Upstate’s games this season have hit the over on 12 of 27 set point totals (44.4%).

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Gardner-Webb vs. South Carolina Upstate Key Players to Watch


Kareem Reid paces the Runnin’ Bulldogs at 5.7 rebounds per game, while also putting up 0.7 assists and 10.7 points. Anthony Selden is averaging 11.3 points, 0.9 assists and 4.3 rebounds per contest. Julien Soumaoro is putting up 9.1 points, 2 assists and 2.4 rebounds per game.

South Carolina Upstate

Jordan Gainey is averaging a team-high 15.1 points per game. And he is contributing 2.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists, making 39.6% of his shots from the field and 36.2% from beyond the arc, with 2.2 triples per contest. Trae Broadnax paces the Spartans in rebounding (4.2 per game) and assists (3.2), and puts up 10.9 points. He also delivers 1 steal and 0.2 blocked shots. Justin Bailey gets the Spartans 10.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. He also delivers 1.6 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. The Spartans receive 7.9 points, 3.7 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game from Khydarius Smith.

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What you need to know about the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs

Gardner-Webb’s Big South games have hit the over 11 out of 18 times this season. The Runnin’ Bulldogs rank 207th in the nation with 70.5 points per game this season. At the other end of the court, they rank 47th with 65.2 points allowed per game. With 32.4 rebounds per game, Gardner-Webb ranks 140th in college basketball. It allows 28.8 rebounds per contest, which ranks 52nd in college basketball.

This season, Gardner-Webb is sinking 6.4 threes per game (285th-ranked in college basketball) and is shooting 33.5% (226th-ranked) from downtown. The Runnin’ Bulldogs are giving up 6.6 treys per game (98th-ranked in college basketball). They are allowing opposing teams to shoot 33.3% (147th-ranked) from downtown.

The Runnin’ Bulldogs have a 4-6 record against the spread while finishing 6-4 overall over their last 10 contests. Seven of Gardner-Webb’s past 10 outings have hit the over. Gardner-Webb has been racking up 69.8 points per contest in its last 10 times on the court, an average that’s a little lower than the 70.5 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 campaign. Gardner-Webb’s points-allowed average over its past 10 games (66.3) is 1.1 more points per game than the team is allowing over the entire season (65.2).

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What you need to know about the South Carolina Upstate Spartans

South Carolina Upstate has put together an 11-6-1 record against the spread in conference action this season. The Spartans are 257th in college basketball in points scored (68.9 per game) and 163rd in points conceded (69.5). At 29.1 rebounds per game and 32.1 rebounds conceded, South Carolina Upstate is 312th and 252nd in the nation, respectively.

In 2022-23, South Carolina Upstate is 273rd in the country in 3-point makes (6.5 per game) and 191st in 3-point percentage (34.1%). The Spartans are 98th in the country in 3-pointers conceded (6.6 per game) and 138th in 3-point percentage defensively (33.2%).

The Spartans have gone 6-4 in their last 10 contests, with a 6-3-1 record against the spread in that span. Six of South Carolina Upstate’s last 10 contests have hit the over. South Carolina Upstate has performed worse offensively over its previous 10 games, generating 68.8 points per contest, 0.1 fewer points its than season average of 68.9. Over their last 10 games, the Spartans are ceding 68.5 points per game, compared to their season average of 69.5 points allowed.

Gardner-Webb vs. South Carolina Upstate Prediction & Pick

Our pick to win this contest is Gardner-Webb, and we predict that South Carolina Upstate will cover the spread (Gardner-Webb -4). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 135.5 points.

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How to bet Gardner-Webb vs. South Carolina Upstate

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Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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