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USC Upstate Spartans vs. Towson Tigers - 3/19/14 CIT First Round

Towson Tigers (23-10) at USC Upstate Spartans (19-14)

College Basketball: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm (G. B. Hodge Center)

The Line: USC Upstate Spartans -3.5 -- Over/Under: 138.5 See the Latest Odds


The Towson Tigers and USC Upstate Spartans will play Wednesday in the first round of the CIT. The Tigers finished second in the Colonial Athletic Association with a 23-10 record, while the Spartans finished third in the Atlantic Sun with a 19-14 record.

Towson is a balanced team that averages 72.2 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allows 68.2 points on 40.3 percent shooting. Offensively, Towson has four players averaging at least 10 points and is led by senior forward Jerrelle Benimon, who averages 18.9 points and 11.5 rebounds. The Tigers are one of the better rebounding teams in the country, averaging 38.9 boards per game. Defensively, Towson averages 4.7 blocks. The Towson Tigers are 13-12 ATS overall this season.

USC Upstate Spartans vs. Towson Tigers - 3/19/14 CIT First Round

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USC Upstate is also a team that can get it done at both ends, averaging 72.4 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 69.6 points on 40.7 percent shooting. Offensively, the Spartans aren’t very deep, but are led by senior forward Torrey Craig, who averages 16.8 points and 6.8 rebounds. USC Upstate shoots 67.4 percent from the free throw line and 31.7 percent from beyond the arc. Defensively, the Spartans have allowed 73 or more points in their last four games, but do average 6.4 steals per contest. The USC Upstate Spartans are 4-1 ATS overall.

 The Tigers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS loss and 4-0 ATS in their last 4 road games. The Spartans are 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games and 6-1-2 ATS in their last 9 games overall. 

This spread is fairly interesting, because you could make a case for Towson being the better team. After all, the Towson Tigers did beat the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens just a month ago, a team that’s in the NCAA tournament. Meanwhile, USC Upstate has been a shaky team in a shaky conference, losing four of its last 10 games.

Give me the Towson Tigers and the points, as I wouldn’t be surprised if the Tigers won this game SU.

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