College of Charleston Cougars (14-4) vs Northeastern Huskies (9-8)Date : 01/17/2019
Time : 7:00 pm EST
Location : Matthews Arena, Boston, Massachusetts
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
College of Charleston Cougars vs Northeastern Huskies
The 3rd and 4th place team within the CAA conference will meet at Matthews Arena in Boston, Massachusetts, as the Charleston Cougars will battle the Northeastern Huskies at 7 pm EST. The Huskies are coming off their second 80 or more point outing as they were able to pick up a road win over the Tribe of William & Mary as they blew the game open in the second half by outscoring the Tribe 50-36 in the second half en route to the victory. Shawn Occeus led the team with 21 points while also pulling down 8 rebounds as he also went 5-8 from three point range in the win as the team shot a whopping 60% for the game while holding the Tribe to just 45% for the contest.
The Cougars are losers of two of their last three games yet came out with a victory in their last outing versus the Deleware Blue Hens as Charleston also had a wonderful shooting night at 51% while permitting the Blue Hens to only shoot 35% from the floor in the loss. Grant Riller along with Jarell Brantley lead the team with 21 and 18 points, respectively, as they were the only double digit scorers for the game. The road team is 8-3 against the spread in the last 11 games amongst these two teams.
College of Charleston Cougars's Latest Performance :
Riller and Brantley led the team, as stated, in the last outing for the Cougars as they were very efficicent in going 7-10 along with 8-13 from the field on a night where the Cougars outrebounded the Blue Hens in addition to also capitalizing off 14 costly turnovers to pick up the win. Of course, the Cougars won despite 23 points from Ryan Allen, who finished with 23 points while going just 2-9 from three point range for Delaware. The Cougars, for the game, shot 51% on the night while going 7 of 25 from longe range while the Blue Hens were dismal, yet again, in converting on just 18% of their three point attempts while shooting 35% as a team in the loss. Aside from Allen, Delaware got 11 points apiece from Eric Carter and Kevin Anderson as the Blue Hens, who are currently second place within the CAA, came even closer to relinquishing their position as the Cougars are certainly not far behind in the standings at number three.
The Cougars are winners of three of their last four road games while the Huskies are winners of four of their last five games at Matthews Arena. It will be importnat to note that the Huskies picked up a slim victory over the Cougars in their last outing in March 2018 in an overtime thriller. With that being said, look for this matchup to be an equally exciting battle amongst these two teams vying for third place within the conference.
Northeastern Huskies's Latest Performance :
The Huskies, most importantly, have scored 80 or more points in four of their last five outings; However, their defense has been the culprit in them losing 2 of their last three games as they allowed an average of 80 points to opponents while their offense put up 78 points during this time. Of course, this was prior to Northeastern winning their most recent two games as the Huskies have allowed just 70 points on average while the offense has once again cranked things up as well as they will now seek to continue their momentum in this contest versus a potentially dangerous, yet, slumpling Charleston squad on Thursday night.
Occeus led the team with 21 points versus William and Mary, as stated, while the only other double digit scorers for the Huskies were Jordan Roland along with Thomas Murphy who ended with 15 along with 10 points as they each went a combined 4-6 from three point range. And while the defense for Charleston may have given up some points lately to opponents, their offense continues to click on all cylinders as they are averaging 77 points on the season on 48% shooting. The Cougars, on the other hand, is allowing just 66 points per game on 43% shooting and will certainly look to have a repeat performance of their last outing to where they allowed their opponent to put up just 58 points, total.
How College of Charleston Cougars & Northeastern Huskies Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Charleston is 6 – 10 – 1 against the spread while the OU is 8-8
Northeastern is 7 – 8 – 2 against the spread while the OU is 11 – 5
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
Look for this to be an exciting CAA contest between the Charleston Cougars and the Northeastern Huskies on Thursday night. As stated, both teams will be vying for a higher position within the conference with a win in this contest. Nonetheless, something will simply have to give as the Cougars are winners of three of their last four road games, as pointed out, while Northeastern happens to be winners of four of their last five home games.
Against The Spread Selection: Pick: Northeastern Huskies
My reason for the pick :
I will back Northeastern in this matchup as I happen to feel that they have gained a ton of confidence and momentum after winning two straight games. Also, the defense seems to be playing much better these days while the offense continues to put up numbers on a consistent basis. With that being said, look for them to neutralize an inconsistent offense for the Cougars, just enough in which to pull out a slim victory in the end on Thursday night. Of course, the Cougars will certainly come with focus and intensity for this matchup as they will look to lead with their defense, which is allowing just 43% shooting for opponents, in which two somehow limit opportunities for Northeastern in this contest; However, the home team will find ways to hit critical baskets in which to remain in control of this matchup throughout while picking up the much-needed victory.
Totals Selection: Pick: Over
My reason for the prediction :
I will back the over in this matchup as it has been the play in four of the last five home games for the Northeastern Huskies. And while the Cougars certainly gained a bit of momentum in their last matchup vs Delaware, look for Northeastern to really come out and establish themselves early by pushing the pace of the game in which the obtain easy buckets in transition. Remember, the Huskies have scored 80 or more points in their last four games, overall, and will certainly keep rolling on the offensive end in this matchup as the total will indeed surpass its set limit in this instance.
Betting trends for College of Charleston Cougars:
- Under is 6-2 in Cougars last 8 road games.
Betting trends for Northeastern Huskies:
- No trends to report