Coastal Carolina Chanticleers vs. Gardner-Webb Bulldogs - 3/4/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Gardner-Webb Bulldogs (16-15) at Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (18-10)
College Basketball: Friday, March 4, 2016 at 8:30 pm (Pope Center)
The Line: Coastal Carolina Chanticleers -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Gardner-Webb Bulldogs oppose the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers in a Big South quarterfinal.
I don’t think the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers were not as strong as we’ve seen them in past years but the Big South is top heavy and this team is one of the top squads at 12-6 so it isn’t all bad. The Chanticleers finished 18-10 overall with the ability to score and defend which makes them a threat everytime they took the floor. CC is hoping the momentum of a great final month carries over to the playoffs after winning eight of ten with both ends of the floor contributing. Balanced scoring and defense key this team but either end of the floor can win. Four double digit scorers lead the offense with Elijah Wilson and Shivaughn Wiggins each average over 13 points while Jaylen Shaw and Badou Diagne were 11+ point scorers.
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On paper I thought the Gardner-Webb Running Bulldogs had an edge versus Campbell and it looked that way early with a 12 point lead heading to the locker room. But the Fighting Camels tied the game late before finally fading in a 79-69 decision to advance to the Big South quarterfinals. The difference here was Gardner-Webb fired away at nearly 54% and Campbell checked in at 40% for a decisive five more field goals. The duo of Harold McBride and Adonis Burbage carried the Running Bulldogs with 18 points apiece and eight boards with Tyrell Nelson adding 12 and ten rebounds. Laquincy Rideau chipped in with eight points while Isaiah Ivey and Dylan Poston scored seven points each.
I don’t think one team has an edge in momentum over the other but during the year Coastal Carolina had the ability to score and defend which could pose a problem for any team in the conference although Gardner-Webb certainly flashed some defense in beating Campbell. No line is out yet so I’ll have time to think this over…