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Appalachian State Mountaineers take on Spartans in college basketball test

Appalachian State MountaineersUNC Greensboro Spartans
March 3, 12:00 PM | U.S. Cellular Arena

Appalachian State Mountaineers vs UNC Greensboro Spartans Odds

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College basketball wagering interest will be high on Saturday when the Mountaineers of Appalachian State hit the hard court against the Spartans of UNC Greensboro.

The Southern Tournament battle is part of the annual season-ending league tournament. The winner gets an automatic berth in the Madness, while all teams are trying to prove they deserve a spot. This matchup is a neutral-site affair being played at U.S. Cellular Arena.

UNC Greensboro battles the Mountaineers, currently sitting with a 13-17 mark (14-10-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 13-13-2 for the Spartans and 15-10 for the Mountaineers.

View Appalachian State vs UNC Greensboro Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Spartans as 2-point underdogs on the opening line for this contest.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Spartans, most recently No. 260 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Mountaineers, who rate No. 174 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 70-64 victory for the Mountaineers.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to rebounds, the visiting Mountaineers rank No. 133 in NCAA Division 1 with 35.2 per game. That compares with UNC Greensboro’s No. 110 ranking in that category. The story is different when it comes to three-point shooting where UNC Greensboro is college basketball's No. 100-ranked team at 7 per game, while the Mountaineers rate No. 119 with 6.7 per game.

Defensively, Appalachian State features the nation's No. 289-rated defense on the road, allowing 74.9 points per game. UNC Greensboro, meanwhile, comes in at No. 146 nationally in scoring at home.

Appalachian State was a 93-81 winner in its last match on the road against College of Charleston. They covered the 6-point spread as underdogs. Appalachian State earned a 93-81 victory over College of Charleston on Friday, getting 21 points from Mike Neal at U.S. Cellular Arena.

In their last action, UNC Greensboro was a 93-79 loser on the road against Elon. They failed to cover the 5-point spread as underdogs. UNC Greensboro got 22 points from Trevis Simpson but lost anyway, 93-79, to Elon on Saturday at Alumni Gym.

Appalachian State Mountaineers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
After playing College of Charleston are 6-4
After a win are 2-8

UNC Greensboro Spartans Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
After playing Elon are 4-6
After a loss are 2-8

A few Mountaineers at Spartans trends to consider:
UNC Greensboro is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games
UNC Greensboro is 7-2-1 ATS in its last 10 games when playing Appalachian State
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of UNC Greensboro's last 6 games
UNC Greensboro is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing Appalachian State