Hampton Pirates (5-8) at USC Upstate Spartans (3-9)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 6:00 pm (G.B. Hodge Center)
The Line: USC Upstate Spartans -5 -- Over/Under: 145 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Hampton Pirates and the South Carolina Upstate Spartans meet in college basketball action from the G.B. Hodge Center on Thursday night.
The Hampton Pirates will look to bounce back after an 85-77 home loss to UNC-Asheville in their last matchup. Davion Warren leads the Pirates in scoring with 20.5 PPG while also posting 6.8 RPG and 3 APG this season. Chris Shelton is 2nd with 11.3 PPG and Russell Dean is 3rd in scoring and tops in assists with 11.1 PPG and 6.8 APG this season. Marquis Godwin has 10.1 PPG with 4.1 RPG and Edward Oliver-Hampton has 10 PPG with a team-high 7.7 RPG to make up the group of double-digit scorers for Hampton heading into Thursday’s clash with the Spartans. As a team, Hampton is averaging 70.1 PPG on 41.8% shooting from the field, 32.1% from 3-point range and 68.2% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 74.8 PPG on 44.4% shooting from the field and 33.7% from behind the 3-point line this season.
The South Carolina Upstate Spartans will be looking to build on their 65-59 win over Longwood last time out. Tommy Bruner leads the Spartans in scoring and assists with 14.6 PPG and 4.6 APG while Everette Hammond is 2nd in scoring with 11.3 PPG and Bryson Mozone has 10 PPG with 4.6 RPG to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for USC Upstate heading into Thursday’s matchup with Hampton. Nevin Zink has 8.2 PPG and a team-high 5.3 RPG while Dalvin White has 9.2 PPG and 3.2 APG on the year. As a team, South Carolina Upstate is averaging 66.8 PPG on 41.9% shooting from the field, 35.5% from 3-point range and 72.3% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 77.4 PPG on 48.5% shooting from the field and 36.4% from 3-point range this season.
Hampton is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a team with a losing record. South Carolina Upstate is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 home games against a team with a losing road record.
I’ve gone back and forth on this game but we’re starting to see the Pirates fall apart in certain aspects and that’s not good against a South Carolina Upstate team that has a tendency to step up for the bigger teams and get the job done against the number as well. I like the Spartans a lot more getting points than I do laying them but I still think USC Upstate is the play in this one.