UNC Greensboro vs. Chattanooga - 12/29/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UNC Greensboro vs. Chattanooga - 12/29/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Chattanooga Moccasins (6-8) at UNC Greensboro Spartans (12-2)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 5:00 pm (Greensboro Coliseum)

The Line: UNC Greensboro Spartans -17 -- Over/Under: 138 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Chattanooga Mocs will travel to Greensboro Coliseum to take on the UNC Greensboro Spartans this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Chattanooga Mocs snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 6-8 (1-0 Southern) on the season after defeating the NAIA Bryan Lions, 79-45, on December 21st. Chattanooga dominated Byran on both ends of the court throughout the game and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 39-23 lead at halftime. Chattanooga shot 51.6% from the field and 47.8% from beyond the arc while holding the Lions to just 30.2% shooting from the field in the victory. Leading the way for the Mocs was Kevin Easley who had 17 points, 9 rebounds, and a steal.

On the season, Chattanooga is averaging 73.2 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Mocs are averaging 9.2 three-pointers per game on 36.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Chattanooga has been led by Kevin Easley (14.5 ppg, 6.2 rpg, 1.2 apg), Jerry Johnson Jr. (11.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.1 spg), Donovann Toatley (11.1 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.5 apg), and David Jean-Baptiste (8.7 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.9 apg).

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Defensively, Chattanooga is allowing their opponents to average 71.1 ppg on 43.9% shooting from the field. The Mocs have a rebound margin of 0.4 and a turnover margin of -0.1.

The UNC Greensboro Spartans won their 5th straight game and improved to 12-2 (1-0 Southern) on the season after defeating the Samford Bulldogs, 83-75, this past Saturday. UNC Greensboro fought back from a 48-36 halftime deficit to tie the game at 59-all with 8:42 left in regulation and pulled away late for the victory after closing out the final 1:17 of regulation on an 8-0 run. UNC Greensboro shot 46.3% from the field and 35.7% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Spartans was Francis Alonso who had 30 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block.

On the season, UNC Greensboro is averaging 79.6 ppg on 48.9% shooting from the field. The Spartans are averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game on 35.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UNC Greensboro has been led by Francis Alonso who had 18.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.4 apg), Isaiah Miller (13.6 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.4 apg, 2.5 spg), Kyrin Galloway (10.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg), and Eric Hamilton (8.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg).

Defensively, UNC Greensboro is holding their opponents to an average of 64.6 ppg on 41.8% shooting from the field. The Spartans have a rebound margin of 0.1 and a turnover margin of 6.1.

The Mocs are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall however, are just 15-36 ATS in their last 51 games vs. Southern opponents. The Spartans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win however, just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 home games.

Chattanooga’s record doesn’t look awful however, if you really take a look at those 6 wins, you’ll find that half of those wins come from non-DI schools, while the other 3 victories come agianst teams that are currently have just a 13-23 combined record. Chattanooga has struggled on both ends of the court this season as they rank just 209th in scoring offense & 178th in scoring defense. UNC Greensboro is arguably the favorite to win a very tough Southern Conference this season and has been great on both sides of the ball as they currently rank 69th in scoring offense, 33rd in FG%, and 44th in scoring defense. UNC Greensboro has been great ATS at home as of late, however, I don’t think the Spartans are going to have any trouble with the Mocs in this one and that Francis Alonso provides enough offense for the Spartans to cover this spread.

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Brett’s Pick UNC Greensboro Spartans -17

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