Coastal Carolina Chanticleers vs. UC Irvine Anteaters CIT Semifinal - 3/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UC Irvine Anteaters (27-9) at Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (21-11)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 27, 2016 at 9:00 pm (HTC Center)
The Line: Coastal Carolina Chanticleers +2.5 -- Over/Under: 135 See the Latest Odds
The UC Irvine Anteaters visit the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in a CIT semifinal.
The UC Irvine Anteaters stayed alive in the postseason thanks to a 67-66 victory at Louisiana-Lafayette to advance to the CIT semifinals. The Anteaters looked strong with a seven point lead the break before overcoming a late Ragin’ Cajuns rally. Defense was the key with ULL held to just 33% from the floor which made the Anteaters 41% accuracy and five more field goals a winner and helped overcome the Ragin’ Cajuns 15-2 advantage at the stripe. Alex Young was the big gun for UC Irvine with 21 points and eight boards on 8-15 with five bombs followed by a 12 point effort from Jaron Martin. Ioannis Dimakopoulos tossed in eleven points on 5-9 while Jonathan Galloway added eight points and hauled in 13 rebounds.
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Coastal Carolina scored the last eight points of the game courtesy of Elijah Wilson and held off Grand Canyon 60-58 to reach the CIT semis. This was close throughout with the three point favorite Chanticleers looking dead in the water until Wilson’s heroics. The Antelopes were held to jus under 36% from the floor but forced 13 turnovers and mustered 20 more looks at the basket to remain competitive with a 5-26 mark on threes and 3-11 effort at the line hurting them. The Chanticleers 40% shooting was barely enough with a 15-25 performance at the foul line being the difference. Elijah Wilson paced Coastal Carolina with 16 points and five yanks with the tandem of Marcus Freeman and Colton Ray-St Cyr scoring ten points apiece and combining for 15 rebounds.
This is along trip for the Anteaters and I would think Coastal Carolina would be the visiting squad. For now I’ll back UC Irvine if center Mamadou Ndiaye and his 7’6” frame are playing. It really pains me to back road chalk…