Hampton Pirates face USC Upstate Spartans: NCAA basketball odds preview and stats
Hampton Pirates vs USC Upstate Spartans Odds
The USC Upstate Spartans will try to cover the spread at G. B. Hodge Center on Wednesday when they get a visit from the Hampton Pirates in NCAA basketball action.
The Spartans currently sports a 5-7 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 0-0 ATS. The Pirates are 2-9 and 0-0 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Spartans produce a 0-0 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Pirates have gone 0-0 against the number.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Spartans - Pirates odds would favor the Spartans if the lines were set according to our power ranks. USC Upstate is rated No. 121 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Hampton is at No. 208. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 67-59 win for the Spartans.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and USC Upstate has the nation's No. 136-rated offensive output, at 69.8 PPG. The visiting Pirates defense ranks No. 97 allowing on average 62.5 PPG. The Spartans FG% has averaged 45.2% so far, more than the Pirates marksmen have achieved on the year, 36.9% per game.
Defensively, Hampton features the nation's No. 51-rated defense on the road, allowing 62.8 points per game. USC Upstate, meanwhile, comes in at No. 22 nationally in scoring at home.
In their last action, Hampton was a 50-43 loser on the road against Winthrop. The Pirates got 10 points from Ramon Mercado, but it was Winthrop that prevailed in a 50-43 final on Sunday at Winthrop Coliseum.
USC Upstate won its last outing, an 85-55 result against Coastal Georgia on December 30. The battle between the Spartans and Mariners didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Coastal Georgia was handed an 85-55 defeat on Sunday at G. B. Hodge Center.
Hampton home to James Madison, Monday, January 7
USC Upstate at Northern Kentucky, Saturday, January 5