South Carolina Upstate Spartans (6-6, 1-0 Big South) at Charleston Southern Buccaneers (4-8, 0-1 Big South)
North Charleston, South Carolina; Saturday, 3 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Claudell Harris Jr. and the Charleston Southern Buccaneers host Jordan Gainey and the South Carolina Upstate Spartans.
The Buccaneers have gone 3-2 at home. Charleston Southern ranks second in the Big South with 13.3 assists per game led by Emorie Knox averaging 3.0.
The Spartans have gone 1-0 against Big South opponents. South Carolina Upstate ranks sixth in the Big South shooting 33.8% from deep. Floyd Rideau leads the Spartans shooting 45.2% from 3-point range.
The Buccaneers and Spartans face off Saturday for the first time in Big South play this season.
TOP PERFORMERS: Harris is shooting 44.8% and averaging 16.8 points for the Buccaneers. Taje’ Kelly is averaging 11.8 points over the last 10 games for Charleston Southern.
Gainey is averaging 16 points and 1.9 steals for the Spartans. Trae Broadnax is averaging 9.5 points over the last 10 games for South Carolina Upstate.
LAST 10 GAMES: Buccaneers: 3-7, averaging 76.1 points, 33.0 rebounds, 13.4 assists, 4.0 steals and 3.3 blocks per game while shooting 46.3% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 77.1 points per game.
Spartans: 5-5, averaging 70.8 points, 28.3 rebounds, 11.4 assists, 8.0 steals and 3.9 blocks per game while shooting 46.8% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 72.4 points.
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