The South Carolina Upstate Spartans will travel to the Mitchell Center to take on the South Alabama Jaguars this Monday night in the Quarterfinals of The Basketball Classic.
The South Carolina Upstate Spartans improved to 15-16 on the season after defeating the Appalachian State Mountaineers, 80-74, this past Tuesday. South Carolina Upstate allowed Appalachian State to fight back after leading by a 39-30 margin at halftime, however, the Spartans were outstanding down the stretch and pulled away late after closing out the final 1:41 of regulation on a 6-0 run. South Carolina Upstate shot 45.5% from the field & 45.5% from beyond the arc while allowing Appalachian State to shoot 46.0% from the field & 39.3% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Spartans was Josh Aldrich who had 24 points, 3 rebounds, & 1 assist.
On the season, South Carolina Upstate is averaging 71.2 ppg on 44.8% shooting from the field. The Spartans are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 36.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, South Carolina Upstate has been led by Bryson Mozone (15.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.4 apg), Jordan Gainey (13.7 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.2 spg), Dalvin White (8.9 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 3.9 apg), & Mysta Goodloe (7.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.0 spg).
Defensively, South Carolina Upstate is allowing their opponents to average 72.8 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Spartans have a rebound margin of -3.7 and a turnover margin of 0.1.
The South Alabama Jaguars improved to 20-11 on the season after defeating the SE Louisiana Lions, 70-68, this past Wednesday. South Alabama allowed SE Louisiana to fight back from a 56-37 deficit midway through the 2nd half to tie the game at 66-all late, however, the Jaguars were able to take the lead for good after a Javon Franklin layup gave South Alabama a 68-66 lead with :44 seconds left in regulation. South Alabama shot 45.9% from the field & 28.6% from beyond the arc while allowing SE Louisiana to shoot 39.7% from the field & 30.4% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Jaguars was Javon Franklin who had a double-double with 17 points, 14 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, & 4 blocks.
On the season, South Alabama is averaging 71.3 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Jaguars are averaging 6.7 three-pointers per game on 33.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, South Alabama has been led by Charles Manning Jr. (15.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.0 bpg), Jay Jay Chandler (15.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.1 spg), Javon Franklin (11.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 1.2 spg, 1.4 bpg), & Alex Anderson (6.1 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.1 apg).
Defensviely, South Alabama is holding their opponents to an average of 63.3 ppg on 40.2% shooting from the field. The Jaguars have a rebound margin of -0.4 and a turnover margin of 2.1.
The Spartans are 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS win & 12-5-1 ATS in their last 18 games overall. The Jaguars are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record & 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
South Alabama has been led by their defense this season, however, this is a team that just hasn’t looked great over the past month, which includes a 69-51 loss against the same Appalachian State team that South Carolina Upstate just beat. South Carolina Update was impressive on the offensive end against an above average Mountaineers defense and as I think their offense can keep this game competitive, I think the play here is to take South Carolina Upstate and the points. Good Luck!