Atlantic Sun Tournament - Jacksonville Dolphins vs USC Upstate Spartans Preview
USC Upstate Spartans vs Jacksonville Dolphins Odds
The USC Upstate Spartans will look to pick up a win while covering the spread when they take on the Dolphins in Jacksonville at Mercer University Center on Thursday in college basketball action.
This game is part of the Atlantic Sun Tournament which will decide the conference champion and help decide March Madness seedings. This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at Mercer University Center.
The Dolphins bring a 14-17 record (2-1 ATS) to this tilt against the 15-16 Spartans, who are 0-0 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Jacksonville go 1-0 so far and the Spartans go 0-0.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Dolphins, most recently No. 245 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Spartans, who rate No. 107 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 73-66 victory for the Spartans.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Jacksonville's No. 153-ranked offense, averaging 68.4 PPG, against a Spartans defense that ranks No. 172 at 66.5 PPG. The Dolphins field goal percentage has averaged 42.3% so far, less than the Spartans marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.2% per game.
Defensively, USC Upstate features the nation's No. 176-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.7 points per game. Jacksonville, meanwhile, comes in at No. 170 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, USC Upstate was an 88-56 winner on the road against East Tennessee State. USC Upstate cruised to victory on Friday, running East Tennessee State out of the gym and running up an 88-56 score at ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center.
Last time out for Jacksonville, they were a 66-62 loser as they battled Northern Kentucky on the road. The Dolphins got a 21-point effort from Keith McDougald, who added 13 rebounds, but Northern Kentucky still managed to defeat Jacksonville 66-62 Saturday at The Bank of Kentucky Center.