The Charleston Southern Buccaneers and South Carolina Upstate Spartans meet Friday in the college basketball Big South Quarterfinal at the Bojangles Coliseum. The Charleston Southern Buccaneers need a win after losing 11 of their last 13 games. The South Carolina Upstate Spartans look for a win after splitting their last 10 games.
The Charleston Southern Buccaneers are averaging 68.3 points on 40.6 percent shooting and allowing 76.1 points on 46.5 percent shooting. Tahlik Chavez is averaging 11.8 points and 2.2 assists, while Claudell Harris Jr. is averaging 10.1 points and 4.3 rebounds. Deontaye Buskey is dishing 2.2 assists and Taje’ Kelly is grabbing 3.9 rebounds. The Charleston Southern Buccaneers are shooting 30.7 percent from beyond the arc and 68 percent from the free throw line. The Charleston Southern Buccaneers are allowing 34.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 3.4 rebounds per game.
The South Carolina Upstate Spartans are averaging 70.9 points on 44.8 percent shooting and allowing 73 points on 43.7 percent shooting. Bryson Mozone is averaging 15.2 points and 1.4 assists, while Jordan Gainey is averaging 13.4 points and 3.9 rebounds. Dalvin White is dishing 3.8 assists and Mysta Goodloe is grabbing 3.7 rebounds. The South Carolina Upstate Spartans are shooting 36.5 percent from beyond the arc and 74.1 percent from the free throw line. The South Carolina Upstate Spartans are allowing 31.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.8 rebounds per game.
The Buccaneers are 1-5 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games. The Spartans are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Friday games and 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games overall. The over is 5-1 in Buccaneers last 6 overall. The over is 8-2 in Spartans last 10 overall. The favorite is 6-0-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings.
I'm not running to the window to back either of these teams that are in rough shape. However, the USC Upstate Spartans have been head and shoulders the better team this season, and they should be favored. The Charleston Southern Buccaneers are a bad team that loses in the underdog role by an average of 13.8 points and shoots 39.5 percent from the field. I'll lay the chalk with USC Upstate if forced to pick.