USC Upstate Spartans (0-8) at High Point Panthers (2-5)
College Basketball: Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 6:00 pm (Millis Center)
The Line: High Point Panthers -5 -- Over/Under: 140.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The South Carolina Upstate Spartans and the High Point Panthers meet in college basketball action from Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena on Thursday.
The South Carolina Upstate Spartans will be looking for their first win of the season after falling to High Point in their first matchup. Nevin Zink led the Spartans with 21 points on 8 of 12 shooting with 12 rebounds for the double-double while Dalvin White added 10 points on 4 of 8 shooting with a pair of threes as the only other double-digit scorer for USC Upstate in the loss. Bryson Mozone added 3 steals with 7 rebounds while Tommy Bruner had 7 points with 3 assists and a pair of steals. Bruner leads the Spartans in scoring and assists with an average of 14 points and 5 assists per game while Zink leads the Spartans in rebounding with 4.7 rebounds per game this season. As a team, South Carolina Upstate is averaging 67.2 points on 41.3% shooting from the field, 37% from the 3-point line and 70.1% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 83.3 points on 50.1% shooting from the field and 37.2% from 3-point range this season.
The High Point Panthers will try to build on their victory over USC Upstate last time out. Denny Slay II led the Panthers with 17 points on 5 of 10 shooting with 3 threes while Ahmil Flowers had 13 points with a team-high 4 assists and 3 steals and Lydell Elmore added 11 points with a team-high 7 rebounds with a pair of blocks to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for High Point in the win. Caden Sanchez added 6 points with 7 rebounds of his own along with 4 blocks. John-Michael Wright leads High Point in scoring and assists with 18.9 points and 3.9 assists per game while Elmore leads the Panthers in rebounding with an average of 5 boards per game this season. As a team, High Point is averaging 73.1 points on 46.3% shooting from the field, 33.8% from 3-point range and 68.1% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 73.6 points on 44.6% shooting from the field and 32.7% from 3-point range this season.
USC Upstate is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning percentage below .400 and 3-7 ATS in their last 10 Thursday games while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a losing record. High Point is 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games overall and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games while the over is 10-2 in their last 12 games following a win. The home team and the favorite are both 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
The total in this game has already come down four points since the open and I think we need to catch it now before it goes any further. Each team’s last three games has gone under the number and I just don’t have faith that USC Upstate can contribute to this total, so give me the under in this spot.