Chattanooga vs. UNC Greensboro - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chattanooga vs. UNC Greensboro - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

UNC Greensboro Spartans (23-7) at Chattanooga Mocs (18-12)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 4:30 pm (McKenzie Arena)

The Line: Chattanooga Mocs +2,5 -- Over/Under: 135

TV: ESPN+

The UNC-Greensboro Spartans and the Chattanooga Mocs meet in SoCon college basketball action from the McKenzie Arena on Saturday afternoon.

The UNC-Greensboro Spartans will try to finish the season strong, sitting at 13-4 in conference play despite an 81-67 loss to Furman last time out. Isaiah Miller leads UNCG in scoring and assists with 17.9 PPG and 2.9 APG while also contributing 5 RPG to the cause this season. Kaleb Hunter is averaging 9.7 PPG and Kyrin Galloway has 9 PPG while James Dickey is averaging 8.7 PPG and 9.2 RPG this season. As a team, UNC-Greensboro is averaging 74.4 points on 43.3% shooting from the field, 32.1% from 3-point range and 63.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 62.3 points on 41.7% shooting from the field and 33.9% from 3-point range this season. UNC-Greensboro is 9-3 straight up and 7-5 against the spread on the road this season.

The Chattanooga Mocs will try to join the top half of the SoCon standings, sitting at 9-8 in conference play after a 71-64 win over VMI last time out. Matt Ryan leads Chattanooga in scoring with 15.8 PPG while David Jean-Baptiste is 2nd with 12.8 PPG and Ramon Vila has 12.6 PPG and a team-high 5.5 RPG this season. Maurice Commander leads Chattanooga in assists with 2.6 APG this season. As a team, Chattanooga is averaging 72.9 points on 45% shooting from the field, 35.1% from 3-point range and 71.3% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 68.3 points on 44.6% shooting from the floor and 30% from 3-point range this season. Chattanooga is 9-4 straight up and 5-5-1 against the spread at home this season.

Head-to-head, the home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

Recent play would suggest that the Mocs have a legitimate chance here, as Chattanooga’s 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games. However, even at home, I just don’t think we’re getting enough points to take a shot with Chattanooga. UNC-Greensboro is still one of the conference’s best teams and have a defense that can suffocate even the best teams. Chattanooga will battle, but in the end I just see the Spartans being too much defensively, getting the win and bagging a cover in the process.xsxz

Chris’s Pick UNC-Greensboro -2.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.