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Charleston vs. Western Carolina - 11/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Western Carolina Catamounts (2-5) at Charleston Cougars (4-2)

College Basketball: Thursday, November 30, 2017 at 7:00 pm (TD Arena)

The Line: Charleston Cougars -17.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Western Carolina Catamounts will travel to TD Arena to take on the Charleston Cougars this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Western Carolina Catamounts snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 2-5 on the season after defeating the Alabama A&M Bulldogs, 82-72, this past Saturday. Western Carolina went into halftime time leading by a 45-33 margin and held off a late charge by the Bulldogs to secure the victory. Western Carolina shot 51.7% from the field and 60.9% (14-23) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Catamounts was Devin Peterson who had 21 points, 7 assists, 3 steals, and a rebound. On the season, Western Carolina is averaging 67.3 ppg on 39.8% shooting from the field. The Catamounts are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 40.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensviely, Western Carolina has been led by Matt Halvorsen (13.0 ppg, 1.0 rpg, 1.4 spg), Devin Petersen (11.0 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.6 spg), Marc Gosselin (8.1 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.0 apg), and Deriece Parks (8.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.0 apg). Defensively, Western Carolina is allowing their opponents to average 83.1 ppg on 50.0% shooting from the field. The Catamounts have a rebound margin of -5.4 and a turnover margin of -0.3.

Charleston vs. Western Carolina - 11/30/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Charleston Cougars won their 2nd consecutive game and improved to 4-2 on the season after defeating the D-II Alaska Anchorage Seawolves, 55-46, this past Saturday. Charleston had all they could handle from the Seawolves as they were up just by just a 32-31 margin midway through the 2nd half, however, the Cougars were able to pull away after a 13-5 Cougars run gave Charleston a 47-38 lead with just 6:20 left in regulation. Charleston held Alaska Anchorage to just 38.8% shooting from the field and 31.3% (5-16) shooting from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Cougars was Joe Chealey who had 15 points, 6 rebounds, and 8 assists. On the season, Charleston is averaging 65.7 ppg on 38.9% shooting from the field. The Cougars are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 31.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Charleston has been led by Joe Chealey (19.5 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 5.0 apg), Grant Riller (13.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.0 apg), Cameron Johnson (10.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.3 spg), and Nick Harris (6.8 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 1.5 bpg). Defensively, Charleston is holding their opponents to an average of 63.5 ppg on 40.5% shooting from the field. The Cougars have a rebound margin of -7.7 and a turnover margin of 5.0.

The Catamounts are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games and 6-14 ATS in their last 20 road games. The Cougars are 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 games following a ATS loss however, are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. Southern opponents.

Western Carolina has played some tough competition to start the season, however, you know your team is struggling when it ranks 304th in scoring offense, and 324th in on scoring defense. Charleston hasn’t played as well as I’ve expected as although this team has a bunch of experience and talent, the Cougars have really struggled offensively as they rank just T-318th in scoring offense and 329th in FG%. This will be Western Carolina’s 7th road game of the season already and as I think the Charleston offense will have some success against the Catamounts and that there defense will keep Western Carolina in the high 40’s/low 50’s, I’m taking Charleston to cover this large home spread.  

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