Charlotte 49ers vs. Tulsa Golden Hurricane Pick, Odds, Prediction 1/16/14
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (7-9) at Charlotte 49ers (10-5)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Dale F. Halton Arena)
The Line: Charlotte 49ers -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Charlotte 49ers and the Tulsa Golden Hurricane face off on Thursday in Conference USA college basketball action.
The Charlotte 49ers are coming off of a loss at UTSA to take them to 1-1 in CUSA play. Charlotte is 5-2 at home and they have played the 218th ranked schedule in the country. Shawn Lester is averaging 12.8 points to lead the 49ers. Willie Clayton is averaging 11.9 points and 9.1 rebounds, Pierria Henry is averaging 11.6 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 6.1 assists, and Terrance Williams is averaging 11.2 points and 5.0 rebounds. Charlotte is averaging 75.5 points and they are shooting 45 percent while defensively they are allowing 72.9 points and their opponents are shooting 42.8 percent. Charlotte has plenty of talent but they continue to lack depth.
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The Tulsa Golden Hurricane are under .500 for the season but they have started their Conference USA schedule off 2-0. Tulsa is 0-5 on the road this season and they have played the 22nd ranked schedule in the country. James Woodard is averaging 14.4 points and 6.0 rebounds to lead the Golden Hurricane. Rashad Smith is averaging 12.4 points and 5.4 rebounds, Shaquiille Harrison is averaging 10.2 points, and Patrick Swilling Jr. is averaging 8.6 points. Tulsa is averaging 74 points and they are shooting 43.8 percent while defensively they are allowing 74.1 points and their opponents are shooting 43.5 percent. Tulsa is in a three-way tie for first in the conference standings.
Charlotte is 6-1 against the spread against Conference USA, 8-21 against the spread in their last 29 home games against a team with a losing road record, and 1-5 against the spread in their last six home games against a team with a road winning percentage of less than .400. Tulsa is 5-0 against the spread against Conference USA, 4-1 against the spread following a win, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games.
Tulsa has been playing well of late but their three wins have all taken place at home. I like Charlotte ti end the streak and get the win and cover here.
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