Lipscomb at North Carolina Greensboro
|Date & Time||Saturday March 23, 2019, 2:00 PM (EDT)|
UNC Greensboro Spartans +1.5 -- Over/Under: 156
The 5-seed Lipscomb Bison and 1-seed UNC Greensboro Spartans will square off at Greensboro Coliseum this Saturday afternoon in the 2nd round of the NIT.
The 5-seed Lipscomb Bison kept their season alive after upsetting the 4-seed Davidson Wildcats by an 89-81 margin this past Tuesday night. Lipscomb trailed by a 47-42 margin at halftime, however, the Bison offense was outstanding in the 2nd half and pulled away late after closing out the final 2:29 of regulation on a 7-2 run. Lipscomb shot 53.6% from the field and 52.4% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Bison was Michael Buckland who had 18 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists.
On the season, Lipscomb is averaging 83.6 ppg on 48.4% shooting from the field. The Bison are averaging 8.8 three-pointers per game on 37.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Lipscomb has been led by Garrison Mathews (19.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.9 apg), Rob Marberry (14.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.9 apg), Kenny Cooper (10.1 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.9 spg).
Defensively, Lipscomb is allowing their opponents to average 69.4 ppg on 41.5% shooting from the field. The Bison have a rebound margin of 4.5 and a turnover margin of 2.4.
The UNC Greensboro Spartans had no trouble advancing out of the first round of the NIT after easily defeating the Campbell Fighting Camels, 84-69, this past Tuesday. UNC Greensboro led by just a 33-32 margin at halftime, however, had no trouble putting up points in the 2nd half and pulled away after taking a 59-40 lead wit 10:09 left in regulation. UNC Greensboro shot 52.5% from the field and outrebounded Campbell by a 40-28 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Spartans was Isaiah Miller who had 25 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block, and 3 steals.
On the season, UNC Greensboro is averaging 76.3 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Spartans are averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game on 34.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UNC Greensboro has been led by Francis Alonso (17.3 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.0 spg), Isaiah Miller (15.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.1 apg, 2.9 spg), Kyrin Galloway (9.7 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.1 bpg), and James Dickey (7.7 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.9 bpg).
Defensively, UNC Greensboro is holding their opponents to an average of 67.3 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Spartans have a rebound margin of 1.3 and a turnover margin of 4.7.
The Bison are 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 non-conference games and 26-10-1 ATS in their last 37 road games. The Spartans are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 home games and 8-0-1 ATS in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
UNC Greensboro in my opinion got robbed of an NCAA bid as I think the Spartans showed enough in the regular season to be in the field over St. John’s. The Spartans have been solid on both end of the court this season as they come into this game ranked 81st in scoring offense & 64th in scoring defense. Lipscomb in their own right was a very good team this season, led by their high-scoring offense, and I’m surprised they only got a 5-seed in the NIT. Lipscomb is a tough match-up for UNC Greensboro, but not the point where I think the Bison should be favored and as the Spartans were an impressive 15-1 at home this season, I think they’ll do enough get the win in this one. Take UNC Greensboro to win outright. Good Luck!