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UNC Asheville vs USC Upstate Pick – Basketball Predictions & Odds 3/4/23

USC Upstate Spartans (16-14) vs. UNC Asheville Bulldogs (25-7)
March 4, 2023 12:00 pm EDT
The Line: UNC Asheville Bulldogs -7.5 / USC Upstate Spartans +7.5 ; Over/Under: +142
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The USC Upstate Spartans and the UNC Asheville Bulldogs meet Saturday in Big South Tournament college basketball action from Bojangles’ Coliseum. USC Upstate is 16-14 on the year and coming off a close win over Gardner-Webb in Friday tournament activity. As for UNC Asheville, they’re 25-7 overall and coming off a tournament victory versus Charleston Southern. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.

USC Upstate Spartans

USC Upstate went 9-13 over their first 22 games of the year. The Spartans hit a nice 6-1 run to finish off the season, beating UNC Asheville, Charleston Southern, Winthrop, Longwood, Presbyterian and Gardner-Webb. 

In Friday’s Big South Tournament game rematch versus Gardner-Webb, the Spartans were down 35-32 in the locker room. USC Upstate rallied on a 45-41 run in the second and took the win 77-76. Jordan Gainey led the team on his 25 points and two rebounds. 

UNC Asheville Bulldogs 

Over on the UNC Asheville side, they managed an 18-6 run across their first 24 games this year. The Bulldogs then lost to UNC Upstate before wins over Winthrop, Presbyterian, Radford, Gardner-Webb, Charleston Southern and Longwood in the next six outings. 

In tournament action versus Charleston Southern on Friday, the Bulldogs were up 32-20 by halftime. UNC Asheville cruised on a 46-43 second-half run and took the victory 75-66. Drew Pember led the team on a double-double with 29 points and 16 rebounds. 


I’ll probably stay with UNC Asheville here. You could easily make a case either way, though. The Bulldogs are on a nice seven-game win streak right now and they’ve scored 75 or more points in six of those outings. These teams have met twice before this year, splitting victories. UNC Asheville won at home 64-58 back on January 21, and the Spartans took a win at GB Hodge Center 76-70 on February 4. USC Upstate is on a three-game win streak right now and they’ve won seven of their last eight overall. This is bound to be a great matchup, and I think UNC Asheville can pull off the cover if they play well.

Andrew's Free Pick: UNC Asheville Bulldogs -7.5

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Andrew has been writing about college, professional and fantasy sports betting since 2013. Andrew's goal is to break down the complicated numbers and trends into a language that's easily accessible to novice sports bettors and seasoned professionals alike.

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