College of Charleston vs. Northeastern - 1/11/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Northeastern Huskies (10-6) at College of Charleston Cougars (11-5)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 7:00 pm (TD Arena)
The Line: College of Charleston Cougars -4 -- Over/Under: 134 See the Latest Odds
The Northeastern Huskies will travel to TD Arena to take on the College of Charleston Cougars this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Northeastern Huskies won their 2nd straight game and improved to 10-6 (3-1 CAA) on the season after defeating the James Madison Dukes, 80-67, this past Sunday. Northeastern led by a 36-31 margin at halftime and pulled away early in the 2nd half after a 21-7 run gave the Huskies a 57-38 lead with 14:33 left in regulation. Northeastern shot 54.7% from the field and 46.7% (14-30) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Huskies was Shawn Occeus who had 18 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, and a steal. On the season, Northeastern is averaging 72.4 ppg on 47.0% shooting from the field. The Huskies are averaging 9.1 three-pointers per game on 35.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northeastern has been led by Vasa Pusica (15.8 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.3 spg), Shawn Occeus (10.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.9 spg), Donnell Gresham Jr. (8.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.8 apg), and Bolden Brace (7.2 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.2 apg). Defensively, Northeastern is holding their opponents to average 68.1 ppg on 45.6% shooting from the field. The Huskies have a rebound margin of 1.1 and a turnover margin of -0.9.
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The College of Charleston Cougars lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 11-5 (2-2 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the Towson Tigers, 73-62, this past Sunday. Towson had no trouble putting points on the scoreboard early in this one and cruised to victory in the 2nd half after taking a 45-26 halftime lead. College of Charleston shot just 37.9% from the field and 28.6% (4-14) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Cougars was Grant Riller who had 18 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and 2 steals. On the season, College of Charleston is averaging 71.5 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Cougars are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 35.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, College of Charleston has been led by Joe Chealey (17.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.3 apg), Jarrell Brantley (16.8 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.3 spg), Grant Riller (16.1 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.1 spg), and Cameron Johnson (8.8 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.7 apg). Defensively, College of Charleston is holding their opponents to an average of 66.0 ppg on 42.3% shooting from the field. The Cougars have a rebound margin of -2.1 and a turnover margin of 2.1.
The Huskies are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games following three or more consecutive home games however, are just 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record. The Cougars are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up loss and 17-8-1 ATS in their last 26 games following a ATS loss.
Northeastern has won 8 of their last 10 games and has been solid on both ends of the court this season as the Huskies rank 84th in scoring defense, 81st in FG%, and 64thin three-pointers made per game. College of Charleston has struggled defensively in their last two losses, however, the Cougars are still a very good defensive team that currently ranks T-49th in scoring defense. College of Charleston has been perfect at home this season and as I think this line is a bit in their favor after their struggles on the road against Drexel and Towson, I think the defense and experience of the Cougars will allow them to cover this spread at home.