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East Tennessee State vs. UNC Greensboro - 1/12/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UNC Greensboro Spartans (12-5) at East Tennessee State Buccaneers (13-3)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Freedom Hall Civic Center)

The Line: East Tennessee State Buccaneers -12.5 -- Over/Under: 143 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The UNC Greensboro Spartans will travel to the Freedom Hall Civic Center to take on the East Tennessee St. Buccaneers this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The UNC Greensboro Spartans won their 2nd straight game and improved 12-5 (3-1 Southland) on the season after defeating the Western Carolina Catamounts, 76-57, this past Saturday. UNC Greensboro used a 19-2 run in the 2nd half to take a 65-38 lead and had no problems closing at the game for the victory. UNC Greensboro was outstanding on the offensive end as they Spartans shot 57.1% from the field and 38.1% (8-21) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Spartans was Francis Alonso who had 21 points, 1 rebound, 1 block, and a steal. On the season, UNC Greensboro is averaging 74.7 ppg on 46.1% shooting from the field. The Spartans are averaging 9.2 three-pointers per game on 39.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UNC Greensboro has been led by Francis Alonso (13.4 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 1.7 apg), Diante Baldwin (11.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.4 apg, 2.1 spg), Marvin Smith (10.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.1 apg), and R.J. White (10.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 1.5 apg). Defensively, UNC Greensboro is allowing their opponents to average 65.3 ppg on 41.4% shooting from the field. The Spartans have a rebound margin of 5.4 and a turnover margin of 1.1.

East Tennessee State vs. UNC Greensboro - 1/12/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The East Tennessee St. Buccaneers won their 4th straight game and improved to 13-3 (3-0 Southern) on the season after defeating the Mercer Bears, 67-58, this past Saturday. East Tennessee St. allowed Mercer to use a 12-0 run to take a 42-35 lead with 11:44 to play however, was outstanding on the offense end for the reminder of the game and never looked back after taking a 48-47 lead with just under 7 minutes to play. East Tennessee St. shot 51.2% from the field while holding Mercer to just 38.9% shooting from the field. Leading the way for the Buccaneers was T.J. Cromer who had 23 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, and a block. On the season, East Tennessee St. is averaging 81.9 ppg on 48.7% shooting from the field. The Buccaneers are averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game on 39.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, East Tennessee St. has been led by T.J. Cromer (18.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.1 apg), Desonta Bradford (9.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 4.4 apg, 1.3 spg), Hanner Mosquera-Perea (9.1 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.3 bpg), and David Burrell (8.3 ppg, 4.1 rpg). Defensively, East Tennessee St. is allowing their opponents to average 67.8 ppg on 40.9% shooting from the field. The Buccaneers have a rebound margin of 5.9 and a turnover margin of 1.9.

The Spartans are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following an ATS win and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games vs. Southern Conference opponents. The Buccaneers are 9-1 ATS in their last 10 home games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.

UNC Greensboro has won 5 of their last 7 games and has been great on the defensive end this season as the Spartans rank T-46th in the country in scoring defense, 55th in rebound margin, and 22nd in steals per game. East Tennessee St. East Tennessee St. has won 6 of their last 7 games and has been great on the offensive side of the ball as the Buccaneers rank 36thin scoring offense and 26th in FG%. These are two of the better teams in the Southern Conference this season, however, East Tennessee St. has the best player on the court in T.J. Cromer and as I think the Buccaneers has a solid defense to go along with their outstanding offense, I think East Tennessee St. cover this home spread.  

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East Tennessee State Buccaneers -12.5

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