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Atlantic Sun Quarterfinal-USC Upstate Spartans vs. Kennesaw State Owls - 3/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Kennesaw State Owls (10-21) at USC Upstate Spartans (21-10)

College Basketball: Tuesday, March 3, 2015 at 7:00 pm (G.B. Hodge Center)

The Line: USC Upstate Spartans -17 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Kennesaw State Owls look to buck the odds an knock off  the USC Upstate Spartans in the Atlantic Sun quarterfinals.

Atlantic Sun Quarterfinal-USC Upstate Spartans vs. Kennesaw State Owls - 3/3/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Kennesaw State Owls just 10-21 overall  and 4-10 in the Atlantic Sun mainly because they have struggled mightily at both ends of the floor with 64 points scored and a hefty 73 points allowed which obviously makes winning tough. Considering their #297 SOS the numbers are even more of a concern. I’d say the Owls best win was an eight point decision against Chattanooga but in most cases it wasn’t pretty when Kennesaw State stepped up in competition.

 

If Kennesaw State is going to make some noise then Yonel Brown will likely need to improve on his 15 point average with Nigel Pruitt and Damien Wilson also needing to produce more then eleven points. This trio does the bulk of the scoring but with five others averaging between 4-7 points the offense has potential to squeeze out a few more points but the flip side to this is where will the defense fit into the equation as a few more points scored won’t do much good  if the opposition continues to rack up the points.

 

The  USC Upstate Spartans have a very complete  team in terms of scoring and defending as they have outscored opponents 73-61 although the SOS of #348 probably has something to do with accumulating some very solid numbers. The  Spartans biggest wins was a five point decision versus Georgia Tech and a two pointer against Mississippi State but this team seldom stepped out to face any big names which makes them something of a mystery although not to their Atlantic Sun rivals which is what matters right now.

 

If the Spartans are going to be a factor in these playoffs one of the top offensive players in the Atlantic Sun in Ty Greene has to keep putting the ball in the basket which he has done a 20 points on over 46% shooting. Fred Miller is the only other double digit scorer at 12.5 points and can also rebound and pass with over four in each category. USC Upstate is not a two man offense with three others capable of DD scoring with ShunQuez Stephens and Michael Buchanan combining for over 15 points  while giving the team some muscle on the glass with six rebounds apiece.

 

The Fighting Owls are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Atlantic Sun and  10-4 ATS in their last 14 road games. Kennesaw State are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss and  1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Spartans are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a S.U. loss and 9-3-2 ATS in their last 14 games overall. Upstate  are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 vs. Atlantic Sun and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. The Owls are not a good team and have no chance but with the points perhaps we squeeze out a cover…

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