West Virginia Mountaineers vs. College of Charleston Cougars - 11/29/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
College of Charleston Cougars (2-3) at West Virginia Mountaineers (6-0)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 29, 2014 at 7:30 pm (WVU Colliseum)
The Line: West Virginia Mountaineers -13 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The College of Charleston Cougars will travel to Morgantown this Saturday night to take on the West Virginia Mountaineers.
College Of Charleston picked up its second win of the season with a tight 61-60 win over the George Mason Patriots this past Sunday to make them 2-3 overall on the season. It was a tough night for the starters against the Patriots as outside of Canyon Barry who had 17 points, the starting five only shot 29.6% (8-27) from the field. Luckily for Head Coach Doug Wojcik, his bench came up in a big way as Adjehi Baru (10 pts, 4 reb), Donovan Gilmore (10 pts) and Cameron Johnson (13 points, 2 reb, 3 ast) provided enough support for the Cougars to pull off the victory. The Cougars have been competitive early on in the season and hung in there at Connecticut eventually losing by 8 points. Coach Wojcik team has been solid on the defensive end only giving up an average of 60.8 ppg which ranks 91st in the country. For College of Charleston to continue to pick up wins, they will need to find some more firepower on the offensive end as currently they are averaging just 62.0 ppg (ranked 274th) and grabbing just 32.6 rpg (ranked 267th).
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West Virginia improved to 6-0 on the season with a recent 104-72 victory over the VMI Keydets this past Wednesday. The Mountaineers had a great 78-68 victory last week against Connecticut to capture the 2014 Puerto Rico Tip-Off Championship and propel West Virginia into the top-25 rankings at 21. West Virginia is led by the Big 12’s Preseason Player of the Year Juwan Staten is who currently averaging 16.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 4.5 apg, and 1.5 spg. Veteran coach Bob Huggins lost a couple of key members from last year’s team in Eron Harris (transferred to Michigan State) and Terry Henerson (transferred to NC State), however, has found a good supporting cast in Devin Williams (11.8 ppg, 8.3 reb), Jonathan Holton (11.5 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.0 spg), an Jevon Carter (10.5 ppg). The Mountaineers have been getting it down on the offensive end early on in the season, as although they are only shooting 41.6% from the field, they are scoring 81.5 ppg (ranked 31st), grabbing 41.2 rpg (ranked 50th) and dishing out 16.5 assists (ranked 41st). Although the Mountaineers are putting up plenty of points so far, Coach Huggins will want to see an improvement in the free-throw shooting as the season rolls on as currently West Virginia is only shooting 63.9% which ranks just 268th in the country.
The Cougars are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games and just 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Mountaineers are 3-0-1 in their last 4 vs. the CAA and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games.
Coach Bob Huggins has his team playing well right at of the gate, and although many experts had the Mountains near the bottom of the Big 12 this year, they have made enough noise to crack the top-25. I wasn’t that big on West Virginia entering the season, but Juwan Staten is a stud, and I don’t see what the Cougars will be able to stop him and the Mountaineers in Morgantown. I’m going to take West Virginia to cover this line.