UNC Asheville vs South Carolina Upstate Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Saturday, March 4, 2023

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The No. 1 seed UNC Asheville Bulldogs (25-7, 16-2 Big South) will hit the court in the Big South Tournament against the No. 4 seed South Carolina Upstate Spartans (16-14, 10-8 Big South). The teams will face off Saturday at 12:00 PM live on ESPN+.

Saturday’s matchup between the Bulldogs and the Spartans features the Bulldogs as healthy 7-point favorites. The matchup has an over/under of 139.5.

UNC Asheville vs. South Carolina Upstate Odds

Point Spread for UNC Asheville vs. South Carolina Upstate

The spread for this matchup is set at 7 points, with sportsbooks listing UNC Asheville as the favorite.

UNC Asheville vs. South Carolina Upstate Moneyline

As for the moneyline, UNC Asheville has -308 odds to pick up the win, while South Carolina Upstate is listed at +247 to claim victory.

Over/Under

Finally, the over/under for the game is set at 139.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Saturday, March 4, 2023
  • Game Time: 12:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPN+
  • Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Arena: Bojangles’ Coliseum

UNC Asheville vs. South Carolina Upstate Betting Trends

UNC Asheville has played 30 games, with 17 wins against the spread. The Bulldogs have won in 15, or 78.9%, of the 19 contests they have been named as odds-on favorites in this year. UNC Asheville’s games this year have eclipsed the over/under 15 times in 28 opportunities (53.6%).

South Carolina Upstate is 15-12-1 against the spread this season. The Spartans have won 10 of the 22 games they were listed as the moneyline underdog this season (45.5%). South Carolina Upstate’s games this year have hit the over on 13 of 28 set point totals (46.4%).

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UNC Asheville vs. South Carolina Upstate Key Players to Watch

UNC Asheville

Drew Pember is tops on the Bulldogs with 20.6 points per game and 9.4 rebounds, while also posting 2.3 assists. Tajion Jones puts up 14.9 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1.3 assists per contest, shooting 51.4% from the floor and 46% from downtown with 2.9 made 3-pointers per contest. Nicholas McMullen is posting 8 points, 0.6 assists and 5.6 rebounds per contest. Jamon Battle is averaging 6.7 points, 1 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game.

South Carolina Upstate

Jordan Gainey is putting up a team-leading 15.4 points per contest. And he is contributing 2.4 rebounds and 2.5 assists, making 40.3% of his shots from the field and 36.2% from beyond the arc, with 2.2 triples per game. Trae Broadnax paces the Spartans in rebounding (4.2 per game) and assists (3.1), and produces 10.9 points. He also delivers 1 steal and 0.2 blocked shots. Justin Bailey gives the Spartans 10.6 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per contest. He also averages 1.6 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Khydarius Smith gets the Spartans 8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.5 assists per contest. He also puts up 0.3 steals and 1.1 blocked shots.

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What you need to know about the UNC Asheville Bulldogs

In UNC Asheville’s 19 Big South games this season, the combined scoring has gone over the point total nine times. The Bulldogs rank 102nd in the nation with 75.3 points per game this year. At the other end of the court, they rank 134th with 68.7 points allowed per game. With 32 rebounds per game, UNC Asheville is 164th in the country. It gives up 30.8 rebounds per contest, which ranks 162nd in college basketball.

UNC Asheville ranks seventh-best in the country with a three-point shooting percentage of 39.3%. It ranks 118th in college basketball by sinking 7.9 three-pointers per contest. The Bulldogs rank 11th-best in college basketball by giving up a three-point shooting percentage of 29.4% to opponents. They rank 43rd in college basketball by surrendering 6.1 threes per contest.

The Bulldogs have a 7-3 record against the spread while finishing 9-1 overall in their past 10 games. UNC Asheville has hit the over in seven of its past 10 games. UNC Asheville has been racking up 76.8 points per game in its last 10 times on the court, an average that’s slightly higher than the 75.3 it has scored over the course of the 2022-23 campaign. UNC Asheville has been a little improved on the defensive end of the floor of late, giving up 66.6 points per game over its last 10 contests compared to the 68.7 it has conceded per game this year.

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What you need to know about the South Carolina Upstate Spartans

South Carolina Upstate and its opponents have combined to hit the over nine out of 19 times this season in Big South play. The Spartans put up 69.1 points per game and allow 69.7, making them 251st in the country offensively and 170th defensively. With 28.9 rebounds per game and 32.3 rebounds conceded, South Carolina Upstate is 314th and 264th in the nation, respectively.

South Carolina Upstate is 264th in college basketball in 3-pointers made (6.6 per game) and 177th in 3-point percentage (34.4%). Defensively, the Spartans are 85th in college basketball in 3-pointers allowed per game at 6.5. They are 148th in 3-point percentage allowed at 33.3%.

The Spartans are 7-2-1 against the spread and 7-3 overall over their past 10 games. Six of South Carolina Upstate’s past 10 contests have gone over the total. While South Carolina Upstate is posting 69.1 points per game in 2022-23, it has bettered that mark in its previous 10 games, amassing 69.9 a contest. Over their last 10 games, the Spartans are allowing 68.3 points per contest, 1.4 fewer points than their season average (69.7).

UNC Asheville vs. South Carolina Upstate Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this game is UNC Asheville, and we expect that South Carolina Upstate will cover the spread (UNC Asheville -7). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going over the posted total of 139.5 points.

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How to bet UNC Asheville vs. South Carolina Upstate

You can bet on UNC Asheville vs. South Carolina Upstate at every legal online sportsbook. For more college basketball odds, including moneylines, spreads, over/under totals, check out the latest NCAA lines as well as our guide to the best college basketball betting sites.

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WRITTEN BY

Matt Rooney

Matt comes from Chicago and has lived in the area his whole life. Graduated from and played football at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, IL while also serving as the director of student sports broadcasting. He writes for Betsperts as well as appears on several shows across the network.

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