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Coastal Carolina vs. Appalachian State - 2/10/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Appalachian State Mountaineers (10-15) at Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (11-14)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 10, 2018 at 3:30 pm (HTC Center)

The Line: Coastal Carolina Chanticleers -6.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

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The Appalachian State Mountaineers will travel to The HTC Center to take on the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Appalachian State Mountaineers snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 10-15 (5-7 Sun Belt) on the season after defeating the Texas State Bobcats, 59-56, this past Saturday. In a tight back and forth game in the 2nd half, Appalachian State was able to pull out the victory late after the Mountaineers held Texas State to just two points over the final 4:32 of regulation. Appalachian State shot 45.8% from the field and outrebounded Texas State by a 32-26 margin in the win. Leading the way for the Mountaineers was Griffin Kinney who had 17 points, 7 rebounds, and a block. On the season, Appalachian State is averaging 76.9 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers are averaging 9.4 three-pointers per game on 34.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Appalachian State has been led by Ronshad Shabazz (19.4 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.1 spg), Justin Forrest (13.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.2 spg), Griffin Kinney (9.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.2 apg), and O’Showen Williams (7.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.2 spg). Defensively, Appalachian State is allowing their opponents to average 75.5 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers have a rebound margin of 3.8 and a turnover margin of -1.2.

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Coastal Carolina vs. Appalachian State - 2/10/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers had their 4-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 11-14 (5-7 Sun Belt) on the season after being defeated by the UT-Arlington Mavericks, 87-80, this past Saturday. Coastal Carolina struggled offensively down the stretch and couldn’t fight back after an 11-5 Mavericks run gave UT-Arlington an 80-72 lead with 4:23 left in regulation. Coastal Carolina shot just 31.0% (9-29) from beyond the arc while allowing UT-Arlington to shoot 45.8% from the field and 40.7% (11-27) from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Chanticleers was Zac Cuthbertson who had a double-double with 15 points, 11 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, Coastal Carolina is averaging 72.4 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Chanticleers are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 32.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Coastal Carolina has been led by Zac Cuthbertson (15.3 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.1 spg), Jaylen Shaw (14.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 5.5 apg, 1.7 spg), Artur Labinowicz (10.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Demario Beck (10.4 ppg, 7.2 rpg). Defensively, Coastal Carolina is allowing their opponents to average 69.4 ppg on 40.5% shooting from the field. The Chanticleers have a rebound margin of 6.7 and a turnover margin of -2.6.

The Mountaineers are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games however, are just 8-20-2 ATS in their last 30 road games. The Chanticleers are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 15-7-2 ATS in their last 24 home games.

Appalachian State has won 2 of their last 4 games and has been led by their offensive this season that ranks 102nd in scoring offense and 41st in three-pointers made per game. Coastal Carolina couldn’t pull out a road victory against a good UT-Arlington team, however, the Chanticleers have been playing some of their best basketball of the season as of late and have been led by their defense that ranks 106th in scoring defense, 26th in defensive FG%, and 20th in rebound margin. Appalachian State is just 2-10 on the road this season and as Coastal Carolina has the defense and size to neutralize the offensive threats of the Mountaineers, I’m taking Coastal Carolina to cover this home spread.  

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