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UNC Greensboro vs. East Tennessee State - 2/12/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
East Tennessee State Buccaneers (22-4) at UNC Greensboro Spartans (19-6)
Date & Time Monday February 12, 2018, 7:00 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: UNC Greensboro Spartans -2 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ESPN3
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NCAA BB | East Tennessee State Buccaneers (22-4) at UNC Greensboro Spartans (19-6)
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The East Tennessee State Buccaneers and UNC Greensboro Spartans meet Monday in college basketball action at the Greensboro Coliseum.

The East Tennessee State Buccaneers look to keep the ball rolling, as they haven’t lost a game since December 16. The East Tennessee State Buccaneers are averaging 76.4 points on 48.3 percent shooting and allowing 65.9 points on 39.9 percent shooting. Desonta Bradford is averaging 15.2 points and 5.8 rebounds while Jalan McCloud is averaging 12.4 points and 3.6 assists. Devontavius Payne is dishing 1.2 assists and Bo Hodges is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The East Tennessee State Buccaneers are shooting 35.9 percent from beyond the arc and 72.8 percent from the free throw line. The East Tennessee State Buccaneers are allowing 31.1 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.3 rebounds per game. The East Tennessee State Buccaneers have won eight straight road games.

The UNC Greensboro Spartans look to stay hot after winning eight of their last nine games. The UNC Greensboro Spartans are averaging 71.8 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 64.2 points on 42.3 percent shooting. Francis Alonso is averaging 16.4 points and 3.1 assists while Marvin Smith is averaging 12.3 points and 5.4 rebounds. James Dickey is grabbing 8.4 rebounds and Isaiah Miller is dishing 1.4 assists. The UNC Greensboro Spartans are shooting 35.1 percent from beyond the arc and 69.9 percent from the free throw line. The UNC Greensboro Spartans are allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.6 rebounds per game. The UNC Greensboro Spartans have won seven straight home games.

The Buccaneers are 8-1-2 ATS in their last 11 road games, 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 Monday games and 17-6-3 ATS in their last 26 games overall. The Spartans are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games, 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 Monday games and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Buccaneers are 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in NC-Greensboro, the road team is 5-2-1 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the underdog is 4-1-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.

Turning down a free bucket with the East Tennessee State Buccaneers who haven't lost in two months is really tough. But the same way the Bucs are cruising to victories and covers, the UNC Greensboro Spartans have been doing the same thing, especially at home where they're allowing just 56.9 points on 39.1 percent shooting. You can make a case for either side and they're both playing great ball. But based on how good the Spartans are at home and their elite defense, I'll lay the bucket with the home team.

Pick:
UNC Greensboro Spartans -2

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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