Presbyterian at Radford
|Date & Time||Thursday March 7, 2019, 12:00 PM (EST)|
Pope Convocation Center
Buies Creek, NC
Radford Highlanders -5 -- Over/Under: 146
The Presbyterian Blue Hose & Radford Highlanders will face off at the Pope Convocation Center this Thursday afternoon in the Quarterfinals of the Big South Men’s Championship.
The 7-seed Presbyterian Blue Hose (18-14) were able to keep their season alive after easily defeating the 10-seed UNC-Asheville Bulldogs, 106-59, this past Tuesday. Presbyterian finished conference play with a 9-7 record which earned the Blue Hose the 7-seed and after easily defeating the Bulldogs in both of their regular season match-up, Presbyterian made quick work of the UNC-Asheville in the 1st round of the Big South Men’s Championship. Presbyterian dominated UNC Asheville on both ends of the court and had no trouble securing the win in the 2nd half after going into halftime with a 58-30 lead. Presbyterian shot 56.1% from the field & 53.8% from beyond the arc while holding UNC-Asheville to just 36.4% shooting from the field. Leading the way for the Blue Hose was Romeo Crouch who had 22 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, and 3 steals.
On the season, Presbyterian is averaging 78.9 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Blue Hose are averaging 10.9 three-pointers per game on 38.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Presbyterian has been led by Adam Flagler (15.7 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 1.2 apg), Francois Lewis (15.1 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 1.6 apg), Davon Bell (10.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 6.4 apg, 1.3 spg), and Cory Hightower (9.5 ppg 6.2 rpg, 2.1 apg).
Defensively, Presbyterian is allowing their opponents to average 72.0 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Blue Hose have a rebound margin of -0.4 and a turnover margin of 3.7.
The Radford Highlanders finished their regular season with an overall record of 20-10 and earned the 2-seed in the Big South Men’s Championship after finishing conference play with a 12-4 record. Radford made a major statement during their non-conference schedule as the Highlanders picked up high-profile wins over both Notre Dame & Texas, however, the Highlanders did drop 3 of their last 5 games coming into the tournament, including a 64-62 loss at Campbell which cost the Highlanders the top-seed. Radford has been solid on both sides of the ball this season as they come into this match-up ranked 130th ins coring offense, 75th in FG%, and 87th in scoring defense.
On the season, Radford is averaging 74.3 ppg on 46.3% shooting from the field. The Highlanders are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 37.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Radford has been led by Carlik Jones (15.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 6.1 apg, 1.7 spg), Ed Polite Jr. (13.3 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.5 spg, 1.2 bpg), Travis Fields Jr. (11.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.5 spg), and Donald Hicks (8.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.2 apg).
Defensively, Radford is holding their opponents to an average of 68.0 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Highlanders have a rebound margin of 3.6 and a turnover margin of 1.6.
The Blue Hose are 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600, however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games. The Highlanders are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss, however, are just 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
Radford defeated Presbyterian in their only match-up of the season in a close 79-77 margin at home in mid-January.
Presbyterian comes into this game with just a 6-11 record on the road, however, the Blue Hose are a team that give any opposing team trouble as they are solid offensively, especially from beyond the arc, and do a great job of limiting turnovers. Radford has as much talent as any team in the Big South, however, the Highlanders haven’t looked as solid as of late as although the loss as Campbell is understandable, Radford recently lost to both Hampton & Charleston Southern who are not both middle of the road teams in the Big South. Presbyterian was able to keep the game close against Radford earlier this season and as I think their three-point shooting will allow the Blue Hose to keep this game close, I’m taking Presbyterian and the points in this one. Good Luck!