College baskeball point spread favors Spartans in battle with Bulldogs
Samford Bulldogs vs UNC Greensboro Spartans Odds
Samford pays a visit to UNC Greensboro on Thursday, hoping to send the Spartans to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Greensboro Coliseum.
This season, the Spartans are 4-13 overall and 5-8 ATS ATS, while the Bulldogs are 7-12 and 8-7 ATS against the number. As for the totals, UNC Greensboro boasts a 2-8 on the OU, and Samford is 3-6-1.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, UNC Greensboro sat as 5-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 230-rated Spartans and the No. 338-ranked Bulldogs, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 67-62 result in favor of the Spartans.
How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features UNC Greensboro's No. 63-ranked scoring average of 73 PPG, against a Bulldogs defense rated No. 223 and allowing 68.5 PPG. The Spartans FG% has averaged 41.9% to date this season, less than the Bulldogs shooters have managed so far (43.3% per game).
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Samford owns the country's No. 217-rated mark, allowing 71.5 points per game on the highway. UNC Greensboro, on the other hand, rates No. 55 in scoring at home.
In their last action, Samford was a 72-68 winner at home against Appalachian State. They covered the 2-point spread as underdogs. Clide Geffrard, Jr. scored 20 points leading the Bulldogs to a 72-68 victory over Appalachian State at Pete Hanna Center on Saturday.
UNC Greensboro was a 69-61 loser in its last match at home against Furman. They failed to cover the 7-point spread as favorites. UNC Greensboro suffered a 69-61 loss against Furman on Sunday, getting 16 points from Derrell Armstrong in a losing effort at Greensboro Coliseum.
Samford Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Davidson are 5-1
After playing Appalachian State are 4-4
After a win are 4-6
UNC Greensboro Spartans Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Chattanooga are 7-3
After playing Furman are 4-6
After a loss are 3-7
A few Bulldogs at Spartans trends to consider:
Samford is 3-11 SU in its last 14 games on the road
UNC Greensboro is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Samford
UNC Greensboro is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games
Samford at Davidson, Thursday, January 31
UNC Greensboro home to Chattanooga, Sunday, January 27