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Pick on the Total for UNC Asheville-Auburn on December 13

VSiN’s Greg Peterson goes over the best betting options for Wednesday’s college basketball matchup between the UNC Asheville Bulldogs and Auburn Tigers

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After scoring 104 points against Indiana on Saturday, the Auburn Tigers face the UNC Asheville Bulldogs on Wednesday in Huntsville Alabama for the Rocket City Classic.

UNC Asheville Bulldogs vs. Auburn Tigers (-18, 147)

After ranking 131st in the nation in points scored on a per possession basis during the 2022-23 season, Auburn entered Tuesday 31st in this category with scoring more points per possession in road and neutral court games that at home, ranking 12th in points per possession when away from home.

The Tigers offensive renaissance has been due in large part to star freshman Aden Holloway’s emergence, shooting 39.2% from3-point range with 12.3 points per game to elevate a team that was 309th in the country in 3-point shooting percentage last season up to 204th.

The increased outside shooting efficiency is paired with fewer dead possessions as the Tigers ranked 137th in turnovers committed per possession last season and have elevated to being 59th in that category this season.

Thw improved Auburn offense gets to face a UNC Asheville unit that has relied solely on offense to keep them in games with the Bulldogs 314th in America in points allowed on a per possession basis entering Tuesday.

While UNC Asheville is 215th overall in the country in points scored per possession, the team is registering 7.9 points more per 100 possessions in games played in a road or neutral location than at home and have scored at least 74 points in eight of their 10 games this season.

While Wednesday’s game is in the state of Alabama, it is officially a neutral court game and a Tigers defense that overall is 39th in the country in points allowed per possession has seen its defense surrender 15 more points per 100 possessions when away from home than in the city of Auburn.

Both teams also enter playing at a relatively fast tempo as well with Auburn 147th in the country in total possessions per game and UNC Asheville 72nd out of the nation’s 362 Division I programs.

With UNC Asheville’s offense consistently having large outputs and the Bulldogs lackluster defense going against a much improved Auburn offense that is coming off of a 104 point outburst, a big scoring night will have liftoff in the Rocket City Classic.

The Play: UNC Asheville vs. Auburn Over 147