The Winthrop Eagles and South Carolina Upstate Spartans meet Thursday in college basketball action at the G.B. Hodge Center. The Winthrop Eagles look for their sixth win. The South Carolina Upstate Spartans look to get back to a .500 record.
The Winthrop Eagles are averaging 74.9 points on 47.5 percent shooting and allowing 76.7 points on 45.1 percent shooting. Kelton Talford is averaging 17.9 points and 0.6 assists, while Sin’Cere McMahon is averaging 14.1 points and 2.2 rebounds. Cory Hightower is the third double-digit scorer and Toneari Lane is grabbing 2.9 rebounds. The Winthrop Eagles are shooting 36.2 percent from beyond the arc and 74.8 percent from the free throw line. The Winthrop Eagles are allowing 33.6 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 30 rebounds per game.
The South Carolina Upstate Spartans are averaging 69.6 points on 45.4 percent shooting and allowing 71.6 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Jordan Gainey is averaging 17.1 points and 2.5 assists, while Trae Broadnax is averaging 9.4 points and 3.1 assists. Justin Bailey is grabbing 3.2 rebounds and Ahmir Langlais is grabbing 4.9 rebounds. The South Carolina Upstate Spartans are shooting 34 percent from beyond the arc and 65.4 percent from the free throw line. The South Carolina Upstate Spartans are allowing 30 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 28.9 rebounds per game.
Neither of these teams are playing well now or on the season. With that said, the Winthrop Eagles lose on the road by an average of 16.3 points, while the South Carolina Upstate Spartans win at home by an average of 22 points while shooting 50.4 percent from the field. It feels like South Carolina Upstate is getting undervalued here. Give me the Spartans.