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Appalachian State vs. Coastal Carolina - 3/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (14-16) at Appalachian State Mountaineers (13-17)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 3, 2018 at 3:30 pm (Holmes Convocation Center)

The Line: Appalachian State Mountaineers -2.5 -- Over/Under: 146 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

We have some Sun Belt college basketball action on Saturday as the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers battle the Appalachian State Mountaineers.

The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers will look to finish the season strong after winning 3 straight heading into this one after an 88-81 win over Arkansas State in their last outing. Tyrell Gumbs-Frater led Coastal with 24 points on 8 of 11 shooting with 6 threes while Zac Cuthbertson added 19 points on 5 of 10 shooting with a perfect 9 of 9 mark from the foul line with 9 rebounds. Amidou Bamba and Artur Labinowicz each added 15 points, with Bamba shooting 7 of 9 with 6 rebounds while Labinowicz hit 3 triples while adding 8 rebounds. Jaylen Shaw added 10 points to round out the double digit scoring for the Chanticleers in the win, while Tre Brown was held scoreless but dished out a team-high 5 assists in the winning effort. Cuthbertson leads Coastal Carolina in scoring with 14.7 points per game while Shaw leads the Chanticleers in assists with 5.5 assists per game and Demario Beck leads the Chanticleers in assists with 7.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Coastal Carolina is scoring 72.2 points per game on 43.7% shooting from the field, 32.9% from behind the arc and 71.5% from the foul line this season.

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Appalachian State vs. Coastal Carolina - 3/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Appalachian State Mountaineers will be trying to find some consistency to finish the year after alternating wins and losses in each of their last 5 games, including a 69-67 win over Little Rock in their last outing. Justin Forrest and Ronshad Shabazz tied for the team-high with 18 points apiece, with Forrest shooting 7 of 11 from the floor with a team-high 4 assists while Shabazz shot 5 of 15 with 4 threes as the only pair of double digit scorers for App State in the win. Griffin Kinney chipped in 9 points with a team-high 7 rebounds as well in the winning effort for the Mountaineers. Shabazz leads Appalachian State with an average of 19.2 points and 3 assists per game while Isaac Johnson leads the Mountaineers in rebounding with 8.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Appalachian State is scoring 76.1 points per game on 43.7% shooting from the field, 34.4% from behind the arc and 65.7% from the foul line this season.

Coastal Carolina is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a losing record and 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 road games while the over is 5-0-1 in their last 6 Saturday games. Appalachian State is 7-19 ATS in their last 26 games following a win and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 home games. 

This line is a little bit surprising to me in all honesty. I know Appalachian State is at home, but the trends point to the Chanticleers given how well Coastal has played on the road as of late and how inconsistent App State has been at home. All in all I think this is a game the Chanticleers can steal, so I’ll take the free bucket with Coastal Carolina here.

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