UNC Greensboro vs. Wofford - 3/4/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wofford Terriers (21-11) at UNC Greensboro Spartans (25-7)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 4, 2018 at 4:00 pm (U.S. Cellular Center)
The Line: UNC Greensboro Spartans -5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
We have some SoCon tournament semifinals action on Sunday as the UNC-Greensboro Spartans take on the Wofford Terriers in a college basketball matchup.
The UNC-Greensboro Spartans will be looking to reach the conference championship for the 2nd straight year after taking down the Citadel in their quarterfinal matchup by a final score of 72-58. Demetrius Troy led the Spartans with 14 points on 5 of 11 shooting with 4 threes, while James Dickey added 13 points with team-highs of 10 rebounds, 4 assists, a pair of steals and a pair of blocks and Francis Alonso added 12 points. Isaiah Miller and Marvin Smith each added 10 points to round out the scoring in double figures for UNCG in the win, with Smith added a pair of triples and 6 rebounds, while Miller shot 5 of 10 with 5 rebounds in just 16 minutes. Alonso leads the Spartans in scoring this season with 16 points per game while Troy leads UNCG in assists with 4 helpers per game and James Dickey leads the Spartans on the glass with 8.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, UNC-Greensboro is scoring 74.4 points per game on 45.1% shooting from the field, 36.5% from behind the arc and 70% from the foul line this season.
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The Wofford Terriers will be looking to advance to their first championship game since winning the SoCon tournament back in 2014-15 after taking down Mercer by a final score of 73-53. Nathan Hoover led the Terriers with 22 points on 6 of 16 shooting with 4 threes and a perfect 6 of 6 mark from the foul line along with a team-high 3 assists while Cameron Jackson added 18 points on 8 of 10 shooting with 10 rebounds, 3 steals and a pair of blocks for the double-double as the only other Wofford player to score in double digits in the win. Fletcher Magee added 3 triples for 9 points while Trevor Stumpe added 8 points and Storm Murphy matched his 4 points with a team-high 4 steals. Magee leads Wofford in scoring with 21.9 points per game while Jackson leads the Terriers in rebounding with 5.8 rebounds per game and Murphy leads the Terriers in assists with 3.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Wofford is scoring 75.9 points per game on 47.4% shooting from the field, 41.5% from behind the arc which is the 6th-highest 3-point percentage in the country, and 77.6% from the foul line this season.
Wofford is 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games following a win and 15-5 ATS in their last 20 Sunday games while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record. UNC-Greensboro is 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games against a team with a winning record while the under is 5-2 in their last 7 games following a win. Wofford is 15-6-1 ATS in the last 22 meetings between these two teams.
Wofford has had the bulk of the success ATS when these two teams meet, covering in pretty much 2 out of every 3 games. I think these teams are evenly matched on offense and the Spartans have the edge on defense but two of the last 3 meetings between these two have been decided by 4 points, and with a spot in the title game on the line I'm expecting a tight one throughout, so I'll take the points with Wofford here.