Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Bulldogs versus the Spartans? Tip off is at at 7:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPNU. The game will be played at Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, NC. The odds for this Southern conference game currently have UNCG as the -1 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 151 points.

SAMFORD BULLDOGS VS UNCG SPARTANS BETTING PICK

The Pick: UNCG Spartans -1

This game will be played at Greensboro Coliseum at 7:00 ET on Thursday, February 8th.

WHY BET THE UNCG SPARTANS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Spartans.
  • Not only will UNCG pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 151 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Can Samford Stun the Crowd at Greensboro Coliseum?

Samford has been dominant at home this season, going a perfect 11-0 with an average scoring margin of +16.7 points per game. However, their road record of 6-3 has been solid as well, and they have won their last two games away from home.

Overall, the Bulldogs are 20-3 and have won three straight games. In Southern Conference play, they are 9-1, compared to 11-2 in non-conference games.

As the underdog this season, Samford has gone 2-3 vs. the spread. On the road, the Bulldogs have an ATS mark of 5-4. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, Samford has a 3-7 record vs. the spread.

This season, the over/under record for Samford games is 9-11 and today's line of 151 is similar to the average over/under line in their games (155.6). So far, 10 of their games have finished with more points than today's line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 147 points compared to their season average of 159.6 points per game.

The Samford offense is coming off a game where they scored 78 points against Chattanooga. They posted a field goal percentage of 50.9% and connected on 10 threes. Offensively, the Bulldogs have a season long field goal percentage of 49%, which is 39th in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 26th in percentage and 10th in three-pointers made.

Coming into today's game, the Samford defense is giving up an average of 74.6 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Samford's defense has allowed opponents to shoot 40.8% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 31.8% this season.

Can the Spartans Hold Strong at Home?

UNCG is 8-1 at home this season and has gone 9-1 in their last 10 games at home. They are favored by one point against Samford and have gone 11-2 as the favorite this season. Overall, the Spartans are 17-6 and have won two straight games.

On the road, UNCG is 7-5 compared to their +8.7 average scoring margin at home. They have gone 4-4 as the underdog this season and have a 8-2 record in Southern Conference games.

As the favorite, UNCG has gone just 5-8 against the spread this season and they have an overall ATS record of 9-12. Their ATS mark at home is just 3-6 and they have gone just 1-2 vs. the spread in their last three home games.

So far this season, the over/under record for UNCG games is 13-8. The average over/under line in their games is 142.6, and their games have had an average of 145.8 points. Today's over/under line of 151 is higher than the average over/under line in their games this season. Over their last three games, their over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 157 points.

In their latest game, UNCG's offense looked good, scoring 89 points against Furman. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 53.7% and made 18/19 free throws. For the season, the UNCG offense has struggled to get to the free-throw line, ranking just 313rd in terms of free-throw attempts per game. Their overall field goal percentage is currently 46%.

At present, the Spartans' defense is nationally ranked 119th, allowing 70.0 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, UNCG's defense has allowed opponents to shoot 37.6% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 29.8% this season.