William & Mary Tribe vs. College of Charleston Cougars Pick-Odds-Prediction 1/27/14
College of Charleston Cougars (11-10) at William & Mary Tribe (11-7)
College Basketball: Monday, January 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Kaplan Arena)
The Line: William & Mary Tribe -4 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: William & Mary looks for two in a row when they host Charleston Monday at Kaplan Arena in Williamsburg.
The Breakdown: The Tribe are in a three-way tie for second place in the CAA with a conference record of 3-2 and come in off a buzzer-beating 68-66 victory over Drexel Saturday. William & Mary shot 48.9 percent from the field and hit 8 of 15 from outside the arc, edging the Dragons 47.4 percent from the floor and 7 of 17 from downtown. Junior G Marcus Thorton scored a team-high 26 points, including 6 of 7 from distance, and senior F Tim Rusthoven added 15 points and 5 rebounds. Drexel was up 38-29 at the half, but let the Tribe climb back in with a10-0 run early in the second half. The two sides traded blows all the way to the end when Thorton drained the game-winning three-pointer as time expired. On the season, William & Mary is averaging 72.9 ppg on 46.6 percent shooting and Thorton leads the team with 19.1 ppg.
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Charleston, meanwhile, is in sixth place in the conference with a record of 3-3. The Cougars were edged out 58-56 by James Madison Saturday when junior Charleston G Anthony Stitt’s game-winning shot attempt rattled off the rim as the buzzer sounded. The Cougars outshot the Dukes from the field 43.2 percent t 40.9 percent, but struggled from distance, hitting 5 of 21 to James Madison’s 6 of 12. Senior F Willis Hall had a team-high 22 points to go along with 8 rebounds and junior F Adjehi Baru added 13 points and 13 boards. Through 21 games, the Cougars are averaging 63.7 ppg on 41.5 percent shooting and Hall leads the team with 12.2 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at -4 for William & Mary. By the numbers, the Tribe appear to have a superior team, averaging almost 10 points more per outing and shooting at a considerably better clip. Look for William & Mary to cover.