Gardner-Webb vs. South Carolina Upstate Big South Tournament Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Friday, March 3, 2023
The No. 5 seed Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs (15-15, 10-8 Big South) and the No. 4 seed South Carolina Upstate Spartans (15-14, 10-8 Big South) play in the Big South Tournament Friday at Bojangles’ Coliseum, starting at 2:30 PM on ESPN+. Gardner-Webb is favored by 4 points. Both teams are looking to take another step toward a conference title and an automatic spot in the NCAA Tournament bracket. The matchup’s point total is set at 135.
Gardner-Webb vs. South Carolina Upstate Odds
- Gardner-Webb odds to win: -182
- South Carolina Upstate odds to win: +154
- Spread: Gardner-Webb (-4)
- Total: 135
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Game Time and Information
- Date: Friday, March 3, 2023
- Time: 2:30 PM ET
- TV: ESPN+
- Where: Charlotte, North Carolina
- Venue: Bojangles’ Coliseum
Who Will Win Gardner-Webb vs. South Carolina Upstate?
Gardner-Webb and South Carolina Upstate Betting Trends, Records Against the Spread
In games it has played as at least 4-point favorites this season, Gardner-Webb is 3-9 against the spread.
South Carolina Upstate has a 9-7 record against the spread this year when an underdog by 4 points or more.
Between them, these two teams average 4.4 more points per game (139.4) than this game’s total (135).
Opponents of these two teams have averaged a combined 134.7 points per game, 0.3 fewer than the point total in this game.
The average total Gardner-Webb has had set in games this season is 0.7 more points than this outing’s point total.
The average over/under for Spartans games this year is 3.4 more points than the point total of 135 in this outing.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs are 12-15-1 ATS this season.
The Spartans’ ATS record is 14-12-1 this year.
Gardner-Webb Stats & Insights
Gardner-Webb is outscoring opponents by 5.3 points per game with a +161 scoring differential overall. It puts up 70.5 points per game (207th in college basketball) and allows 65.2 per outing (47th in college basketball).
Gardner-Webb prevails in the rebound battle by an average of 3.6 boards. It is recording 32.4 rebounds per game (140th in college basketball) compared to its opponents’ 28.8 per outing.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs connect on 6.4 three-pointers per game (285th in college basketball) compared to their opponents’ 6.6. They shoot 33.5% from deep while their opponents hit 33.3% from long range.
Gardner-Webb averages 93.6 points per 100 possessions (190th in college basketball), while giving up 86.4 points per 100 possessions (58th in college basketball).
The Runnin’ Bulldogs are posting 78.9 points per game this year when playing at home, which is 14.9 more points than they’re averaging when playing on the road (64).
South Carolina Upstate Stats & Insights
South Carolina Upstate scores 68.9 points per game (257th in college basketball) and concedes 69.5 (163rd in college basketball) for a -19 scoring differential overall.
South Carolina Upstate loses the rebound battle by an average of three boards. It collects 29.1 rebounds per game (312th in college basketball) compared to its opponents’ 32.1.
South Carolina Upstate knocks down 6.5 three-pointers per game (273rd in college basketball) compared to its opponents’ 6.6. It shoots 34.1% from deep, and its opponents shoot 33.2%.
South Carolina Upstate ranks 259th in college basketball with 90.5 points scored per 100 possessions, and 179th defensively with 91.4 points conceded per 100 possessions.
In 2022-23 the Spartans are averaging 10.8 more points per game at home (74.8) than away (64).
Gardner-Webb Key Players to Watch
The Runnin’ Bulldogs leader in points and assists is DQ Nicholas, who puts up 12.4 points per game along with 3.2 assists.
Kareem Reid is Gardner-Webb’s best rebounder, hauling in an average of 5.7 boards in each contest while scoring 10.7 points per game.
The Runnin’ Bulldogs get the most three-point shooting production out of Julien Soumaoro, who makes 1.9 threes per game.
Nicholas and Ludovic Dufeal lead Gardner-Webb on the defensive end, with Nicholas leading the team in steals averaging 1.3 per game and Dufeal in blocks averaging 1.4 per contest.
South Carolina Upstate Key Players to Watch
Trae Broadnax racks up 4.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game, placing him at the top of the Spartans’ rebound and assists leaderboards.
South Carolina Upstate’s Jordan Gainey puts up 15.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game, making him the top scorer on the squad.
Gainey is reliable from distance and leads the Spartans with 2.2 made threes per game.
South Carolina Upstate’s leader in steals is Gainey with two per game, and its leader in blocks is Khydarius Smith with 1.1 per game.
Gardner-Webb vs. South Carolina Upstate Prediction
- Pick ATS:
South Carolina Upstate (+4)
- Pick OU:
Gardner-Webb 69, South Carolina Upstate 67
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