Atlantic Sun Semifinal-Florida Gulf Coast Eagles vs. USC Upstate Spartans - 3/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
USC Upstate Spartans (22-10) at Florida Gulf Coast Eagles (22-9)
College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Alico Arena)
The Line: Florida Gulf Coast Eagles -6 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles tangle with USC Upstate Spartans in an Atlantic Sun semifinals on Thursday.
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The USC Upstate Spartans were a bit all over the map over the last three weeks of the regular season so there had to be a bit of worry heading in to the Atlantic Sun quarterfinal match up with Kennesaw State. There was no need to worry as the Spartans absolutely pounded the Owls 90-54 in wire to wire fashion with a 25 point lead at the half removing all doubt. USC Upstate fired away at 52.5% including a 12-26 mark on threes to crush the 27% shooting Owls. South Carolina Upstate received 21 points from Ty Greene on four threes with ShunQuez Stephens adding 14 points and six pulls on 5-7. Josh Cuthbertson and Michael Buchanan scored eleven points each with Buchanan snagging eleven rebounds. Overall the entire ten man rotation scored.
The Florida Gulf Coast Eagles lost the regular season conference title with a pair of losses to end the regular season which had many wondering what the mental state of this team would be in their quarterfinal match up with Jacksonville who had beaten the Eagles in the season finale’. The concerns were without merit as FGCU throttled the Dolphins 81-63 to advance to Atlantic Sun semifinal. A 43-29 second half run ended the Dolphins upset hopes behind almost 56% marksmanship that dwarfed the 38% accuracy of Jacksonville with nine baskets being the difference. Marc Eddy Norelia led the offense with 19 points and eight boards with Demetris Morant adding 12 points and ten boards. Brett Comer and Julian DeBose scoring 14 points with Comer posting eleven assists and DeBose hauling in ten rebounds.
The Spartans are 4-0-2 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 4-0-2 ATS in their last 6 road games. USC Upstate are 4-0-2 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 5-1-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. The Eagles are 12-2 ATS in their last 14 home games and 11-2 ATS in their last 13 vs. Atlantic Sun. FGCU are 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games following a S.U. win and 14-3 ATS in their last 17 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record. I don’t like to go against the Eagles at crunch time but the Spartans have ability…