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East Tennessee State vs. UNC Greensboro - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UNC Greensboro Spartans (11-4) at East Tennessee State Buccaneers (12-4)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Freedom Hall Civic Center)

The Line: East Tennessee State Buccaneers -8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The UNC Greensboro Spartans and East Tennessee State Buccaneers meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Freedom Hall Civic Center.

The UNC Greensboro Spartans look for another victory after winning seven of their last eight games. The UNC Greensboro Spartans are averaging 70.2 points on 42.5 percent shooting and allowing 64.1 points on 42.7 percent shooting. Francis Alonso is averaging 18.4 points and 2.9 assists while Marvin Smith is averaging 10.9 points and 4.7 rebounds. James Dickey is grabbing 8.6 rebounds and Isaiah Miller is dishing 1.1 assists. The UNC Greensboro Spartans are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 67.9 percent from the free throw line. The UNC Greensboro Spartans are allowing 31.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.9 rebounds per game. The UNC Greensboro Spartans have split their last six road games.

East Tennessee State vs. UNC Greensboro - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The East Tennessee State Buccaneers look to stay hot while building on their six-game winning streak. The East Tennessee State Buccaneers are averaging 76.4 points on 47.8 percent shooting and allowing 68.9 points on 42.4 percent shooting. Desonta Bradford is averaging 14.1 points and 5.6 rebounds while Jalan McCloud is averaging 11.4 points and 3.9 assists. Devontavius Payne is dishing one assist and Peter Jurkin is grabbing 5.3 rebounds. The East Tennessee State Buccaneers are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 71.2 percent from the free throw line. The East Tennessee State Buccaneers are allowing 32.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.7 rebounds per game. The East Tennessee State Buccaneers have won five straight home games.

The Spartans are 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Southern, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Buccaneers are 18-6 ATS in their last 24 home games, 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 vs. Southern and 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The Spartans are 3-1-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings, the road team is 5-1-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings and the underdog is 4-0-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings.

Both of these teams are playing really solid basketball entering this contest, and the UNC Greensboro Spartans are more than good enough defensively to hang around here. The problem is the East Tennessee State Buccaneers are by far the more balanced and better overall team, and they've been a covering machine dating back to last season. Getting behind teams that find ways to cover the number can help build your bankroll. Give me the home team by double digits.

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