Chattanooga vs. UNC Greensboro - 2/20/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UNC Greensboro Spartans (11-17) at Chattanooga Moccasins (24-4)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 20, 2016 at 5:00 pm (McKenzie Arena)
The Line: Chattanooga Moccasins -15 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The UNC Greensboro Spartans will travel to McKenzie Arena to take on the Chattanooga Mocs this Sunday evening in College Basketball action.
The UNC Greensboro Spartans won their 2nd straight game and improved to 11-17 (7-8 Southern) on the season after defeating the Samford Bulldogs, 82-77 in OT, this past Thursday. UNC Greensboro allowed Samford to comeback late in the game but was able to force OT with a couple of FT’s by Kayel Locke and took an early 4-point lead in OT take get the victory. UNC Greensboro shot 43.5% from the field and 35.0% (7-20) from beyond the arc. The Spartans held the Bulldogs to 38.1% shooting from the field and 21.7% (5-23) from three-point range. Leading the way for UNC Greensboro was Diante Baldwin who had 18 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal. On the season, the Spartans have been led by Kayel Locke (13.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 1.6 apg), Francis Alonso (12.9 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.0 apg), and RJ White (11.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.0 apg). Offensively, UNC Greensboro is averaging 72.5 ppg on 44.2% shooting from the field and 35.3% shooting from beyond the arc. The Spartans average 8.5 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.07. Defensively, UNC Greensboro is allowing their opponents to average 74.5 ppg on 45.3% shooting. The Spartans average 6.1 steals per game and have a rebound margin of -0.1.
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The Chattanooga Mocs won their 2nd consecutive game and improved to 24-4 (13-2 Southern) on the season after defeating the VMI Keydets, 85-59, this past Thursday. Chattanooga had no problem picking the victory after getting out to a 52-23 lead at halftime in this one. Chattanooga shot 55.9% from the field and 39.1% (9-23) from beyond the arc. The Mocs held the Keydets to 34.5% shooting from the field and outrebounded VMI by a 41-22 margin. Leading the way for Chattanooga was Tre’ McLean who had a double-double with 12 points, 13 rebounds, 4 assists, and steal. On the season, the Mocs have been led by Tre’ McLean (12.2 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.6 spg), Justin Tuoyo (11.8 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.2 apg, 2.3 bpg), and Greg Pryor (10.1 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.4 spg). Offensively, Chattanooga is averaging 77.3 ppg on 47.0% shooting from the field and 37.7% shooting from beyond the arc. The Mocs average 7.9 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.22. Defensively, Chattanooga is holding their opponents to average 66.6 ppg on 42.7% shooting. The Mocs have a rebound margin of 3.9 and average 8.0 steals per game.
The Spartans are 18-37 ATS in their last 55 games following a ATS win and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games. The Mocs are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 home games and 10-2 ATS in their last 12 games overall.
The UNC Greensboro Spartans have struggled defensively throughout the season but has held their last two opponents to an average of just 69.0 ppg and was able to get a nice home win over the Wofford Terriers last week. Chattanooga has a solid two game lead for 1st place in the Southern Conference and continues to be outstanding on the both sides of the ball as they rank 45th in the country in FG% and 55th in scoring defense. UNC Greensboro will have to continue their strong effort on the defensive end to have a chance in this one however, as the Spartans are just 2-13 on the road while letting their opponents average 81.3 ppg, I think the Mocs stay perfect at home and get enough points to cover this large spread. Take Chattanooga to cover.