North Carolina Greensboro at East Tennessee State
|Date & Time||Saturday January 19, 2019, 4:00 PM (EST)|
Freedom Hall Civic Center
Johnson City, TN
East Tennessee State Buccaneers -6 -- Over/Under: 137.5
The UNC Greensboro Spartans will travel to the Freedom Hall Civic Center to take on the East Tennessee State Buccaneers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The UNC Greensboro Spartans won their 2nd straight game and improved to 16-3 (5-1 Southern) on the season after defeating the Western Carolina Catamounts, 69-60, this past Thursday. UNC Greensboro was solid on the defensive end agianst the Catamounts and was able to pull away after finishing the game on a 17-2 run. UNC Greensboro held Western Carolina to just 23.1% shooting from the beyond the arc and forced the Catamounts into committing 18 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Spartans was Francis Alonso who had 20 points and a rebound in the victory.
On the season, UNC Greensboro is averaging 77.5 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field. The Spartans are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 34.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UNC Greensboro has been led by Francis Alonso (17.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.0 spg), Isaiah Miller (14.6 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.2 apg, 2.6 spg), Demetrius Troy (7.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.3 spg), and James Dickey (6.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.3 spg).
Defensively, UNC Greensboro is holding their opponents to an average of 66.3 ppg on 40.7% shooting from the field. The Spartans have a rebound margin of 14.4 and a turnover margin of -0.7.
The East Tennessee State Buccaneers won their 8th straight game and improved to 16-4 (6-1 Southern) on the season after defeating the VMI Keydets, 85-82, this past Thursday. East Tennessee State led by a 47-33 margin at halftime however, had to hold on late for the win after VMI pulled within an 83-80 margin with 2:13 left in regulation. East Tennessee State shot 55.4% from the field and outrebounded VMI by a 36-30 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Buccaneers was Daivien Williamson who had 23 points, 2 rebounds, 2assists, and a steal.
On the season, East Tennessee State is averaging 80.7 ppg on 48.6% shooting from the field. The Buccaneers are averaging 8.3 three-pointers per game on 35.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, East Tennessee State has been led by Tray Boyd III (12.2 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 1.8 apg), Jeromy Rodriguez (11.4 ppg, 11.9 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.2 spg), Patrick Good (10.5 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.1 apg), and Daivien Williamson (9.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.9 apg).
Defensively, East Tennessee State is holding their opponents to an average of 66.3 ppg on 40.7% shooting from the field. The Buccaneers have a rebound margin of 14.4 and a turnover margin of -0.7.
The Spartans are 10-3 ATS in their last 13 road games vs. a team with a winning home record, however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Buccaneers are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 home games and 22-5-1 ATS in their last 28 Saturday games.
UNC Greensboro has won 9 of their last 10 games and have been led by their defense which currently ranks 46th in scoring defense, 30th in steals per game, and 3rd in turnover margin. East Tennessee State has been solid on both ends of the court as the Buccaneers come into this game ranked 42nd in scoring offense, 47th in scoring defense, and 1st in rebound margin.
UNC Greensboro is one of the better teams in the Southern Conference however, even though they are averaging a solid 77.5 ppg, the Spartans have struggled against strong defensive teams as they put up just combined 96 points in games against Northern Alabama & Wofford earlier this season. East Tennessee State let a cover get away from them after holding a comfortable lead over VMI, however, the Buccaneers are outstanding at home and as I think the East Tennessee State defense will give UNC Greensboro trouble, I’m taking East Tennessee State to cover this mid-range spread.