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College of Charleston vs. William & Mary - 2/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

William & Mary Tribe (15-8) at College of Charleston Cougars (18-6)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 7:00 pm (TD Arena)

The Line: College of Charleston Cougars -7.5 -- Over/Under: 152.5 See the Latest Odds

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The William & Mary Tribe will travel to TD Arena to take on the College of Charleston Cougars this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The William & Mary Tribe had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 15-8 (8-4 CAA) on the season after being defeated by the Drexel Dragons, 91-79, this past Saturday. William & Mary had no answers defensively against Drexel and allowed the Dragons to pull away later after Drexel finished the final 2:19 of regulation on a 17-6 run. William & Mary allowed Drexel to shoot 61.5% from the field and 50.0% (11-22) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Tribe was David Cohn who had 26 points, 2 rebounds, 9 assists, and a steal. On the season, William & Mary is averaging 85.3 ppg on 50.8% shooting from the field. The Tribe are averaging 11.3 three-pointers per game on 44.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, William & Mary has been led by Nathan Knight (18.2 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.2 apg, 2.2 bpg), Justin Pierce (14.3 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.0 spg), David Cohn (14.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 6.4 apg, 1.5 spg), and Matt Milon (13.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.3 apg). Defensively, William & Mary is allowing their opponents to average 82.1 ppg on 49.3% shooting from the field. The Tribe have a rebound margin of 0.8 and a turnover margin of -1.7.

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College of Charleston vs. William & Mary - 2/8/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The College of Charleston Cougars won their 6th straight game and improved to 18-6 (9-3 CAA) on the season after defeating the Hofstra Pride, 86-85, this past Saturday. In a tight game, Jarrell Brantley was able to score the winning lay-up with just 0:03 seconds left in regulation to secure the road victory for the Cougars. College of Charleston shot 57.7% from the field and 42.1% (8-19) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Cougars was Grant Riller who had 24 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals, and a block. On the season, College of Charleston is averaging 71.8 ppg on 44.4% shooting from the field. The Cougars are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game on 34.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, College of Charleston has been led by Joe Chealey (18.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.5 apg), Jarrell Brantley (16.2 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.7 apg), Grant Riller (15.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg), and Cameron Johnson (8.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.8 apg). Defensively, College of Charleston is holding their opponents to an average of 66.4 ppg on 41.8% shooting from the field. The Cougars have a rebound margin of -1.5 and a turnover margin of 2.0.

The Tribe are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 road games and 18-6-2 ATS in their last 26 games following a double-digit loss at home. The Cougars are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

William & Mary has lost 4 of their last 7 games after starting off CAA play this season with a 5-0 record and although the Tribe have an offense that can put up points in bunches as they rank 10th in scoring offense, 8th in FG%, and 1st in 3P-FG%, William & Mary has really struggled defense as they come into this matchup ranked just 335th in scoring offense and 342nd in defensive FG%. College of Charleston came into this season as the CAA favorites and they’ve been playing like it over the past few weeks especially coming off back to back road wins against Northeastern and Hofstra. The Cougars are an experienced team that is led by their defense that ranks 42nd in scoring defense and 74th in defensive FG%. College of Charleston is a perfect 11-0 at home this season and as the Tribe’s offense is generally not the same threat on the road as it is at home, I’m taking College of Charleston to cover this mid-range spread. 

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