UNC Greensboro vs. Chattanooga - 1/21/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Chattanooga Moccasins (16-3) at UNC Greensboro Spartans (6-12)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 21, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Greensboro Coliseum)
The Line: UNC Greensboro Spartans +6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Chattanooga Mocs will travel to the Greensboro Coliseum to take on the UNC Greensboro Spartans this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Chattanooga Mocs won their 3rd straight game and improved to 16-3 (5-1 Southern) on the season after defeating the East Tennessee State Buccaneers, 94-84, this past Saturday. Chattanooga used a 10-0 run early in the 2nd half to Extend their 45-43 halftime lead, and used a 11-3 run late in the half to put the game out of reach. Chattanooga was impressive offensively as they shot 54.0% from the field and 55.0% (11-20) from beyond the arc in the win. The Mocs allowed the Buccaneers to shoot 43.8% from the field and forced East Tennessee to commit 11 turnovers. Leading the way for Chattanooga was Tre’ McLean who had 29 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, the Mocs have been led by Casey Jones (12.6 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.1 bpg), Justin Tuoyo (11.1 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.2 apg, 2.5 bpg), and Tre McLean (11.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.5 spg). Offensively, Chattanooga is averaging 77.3 ppg on 47.3% shooting from the field and 38.9% shooting from beyond the arc. The Mocs average 8.3 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.24. Defensively, Chattanooga is holding their opponents to an average of 67.7 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Mocs average 8.3 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 2.0.
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The UNC Greensboro Spartans snapped their two game losing streak and improved to 6-12 (2-3 Southern) on the season after defeating the VMI Keydets, 85-68, this past Sunday. UNC Greensboro was outstanding in the 1st half, building a 43-25 halftime lead, and had little trouble cursing to the victory in the 2nd half. UNC Greensboro shot 58.0% from the field and 89.5% (17-19) form the FT line. The Spartans held the Keydets to 34.8% shooting and outrebounded VMI by a 38-28 margin. Leading the way for UNC Greensboro was Francis Alonso who had 24 points, 7 assists, and 2 rebounds. On the season, the Spartans have been led by RJ White (12.4 ppg, 7.1 rpg), Kayel Locke (11.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.7 apg), and Diante Baldwin (10.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.7 spg). Offensviely, UNC Greensboro is averaging 71.3 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field and 35.4% shooting from beyond the arc. The Spartans average 8.7 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.10. Defensively, UNC Greensboro is allowing their opponents to average 73.8 ppg on 45.9% shooting. The Spartans have a rebound margin of -1.8 and a turnover margin of 1.2.
The Mocs are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 Thursday games. The Spartans are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 6-13 ATS in their last 19 games following a straight up win.
The biggest question in the Chattanooga's offseason was if their talented roster would be able to adjust to a new coach (Matt McCall) and so far, the early results look outstanding as the Mocs have been solid on both sides of the ball. UNC Greensboro could easily be 4-1 in the Southern Conference after two tough losses to East Tennessee State and Western Carolina on the road. UNC Greensboro had trouble early in the season when their leading scorer in Tevon Saddler decided to leave the program however, has started to come together as a team led by Kayel Locke, and although Chattanooga is the clear-cut favorites to win the Southern Conference, I think UNC Greensboro will be able to cover at home with the points. Take UNC Greensboro to cover.