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College Basketball Matchup - Appalachian State Mountaineers UNC Greensboro Spartans Odds Preview

UNC Greensboro SpartansAppalachian State Mountaineers
8-9January 09, 2014, 07:00 | Holmes Convocation Center4-10

Many eyes in the college basketball world will be on Holmes Convocation Center Thursday as host Appalachian State looks to handle the UNC Greensboro Spartans in NCAA hoops action.

Appalachian State battles the Spartans, currently sitting with a 8-9 mark (6-5-1 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 1-5 for the Mountaineers and 5-7 for the Spartans.

View UNC Greensboro Spartans vs Appalachian State Mountaineers Odds and Stats.

College basketball odds makers at BetOnline opened the Appalachian State Mountaineers as -2.5-point favorites in this matchup. Check for the latest spread and over-under at the sportsbook.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 202-rated Mountaineers and the No. 288-ranked Spartans, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

UNC Greensboro won its last outing, a 90-82 result against Furman on January 6. They covered in that game as a 6-point favorite. UNC Greensboro earned a 90-82 victory over Furman on Monday, getting 18 points from Kayel Locke at Greensboro Coliseum.

Appalachian State was a 75-66 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Elon. They covered the 13-point spread as underdogs. The Mountaineers got 20 points from Jay Canty, but it was Elon that prevailed in a 75-66 final on Monday at Alumni Gym.

How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Spartans is ranked No. 133 in NCAA hoops at 36.47 per game. Contrast that with Appalachian State’s No. 89 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Appalachian State is the No. 140-ranked team in the country at 5.93 per game, while UNC Greensboro rates No. 165 at 5.71 per game.

Next up:
UNC Greensboro home to The Citadel, Thursday, January 16th
Appalachian State at Davidson, Saturday, January 11th