Northern Kentucky vs. Coastal Carolina - 11/18/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (3-2) at Northern Kentucky Norse (5-0)
College Basketball: Sunday, November 18, 2018 at 6:30 pm (BB)
The Line: Northern Kentucky Norse -9.5 -- Over/Under: 138 See the Latest Odds
TV: Fox Sports - Ohio; Fox College Sports - Central; ESPN+
The Coastal Carolina Catamounts will travel to BB&T Arena to take on the Northern Kentucky Norse this Sunday night in College Basketball action.
The Coastal Carolina Catamounts improved to 3-2 on the season after defeating the UNC Asheville Bulldogs, 78-52, yesterday afternoon. Coastal Carolina was outstanding on the defensive end and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 47-25 halftime lead. Coastal Carolina shot 45.0% from the field while holding UNC Asheville to just 30.8% from the field and 24.1% from beyond the arc. Coastal Carolina outrebounded UNC Asheville by a 51-26 margin and committed just 12 turnovers in the win. Leading the way for the Catamounts was Zac Cuthbertson who had a double-double with 15 points, 13 rebounds, and 7 assists.
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Coming into their game agianst UNC Ashville, Coastal Carolina was averaging 76.3 ppg on 46.3% shooting from the field. The Catamounts were averaging 7.3 three-pointers per game on 34.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Coastal Carolina has been led by Zac Cuthbertson (21.3 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.3 spg), Devante Jones (12.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.0 spg), Ebrima Dibba (9.8 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.5 spg), and Amidou Bamba (8.0 ppg, 7.5 rpg). Defensively, Coastal Carolina was holding their opponents to an average of 64.5 ppg on 40.5% shooting from the field. The Catamounts had a rebound margin of 4.3 and a turnover margin of 3.0.
The Northern Kentucky Norse stayed perfect on the season, improving to 5-0 on the year, after defeating the Manhattan Jaspers, 59-53, last night. Northern Kentucky led by a 25-19 margin at halftime and had no trouble securing the victory after taking a 40-25 lead with 14:21 left in regulation. Northern Kentucky shot 43.2% from the field & 52.6% from beyond the arc while holding Manhattan to just 34.6% shooting from the field. The Norse were outrebounded by Manhattan by a 35-32 margin and committed 18 turnovers in the win. Leading the way for the Norse was Drew McDonald who had 19 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 blocks.
Coming into their game against Manhattan, Northern Kentucky was averaging 91.5 ppg on 52.2% shooting from the field. The Norse were averaging 9.5 three-pointers per game on 34.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northern Kentucky has been led by Drew McDonald (17.0 ppg, 9.8 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.2 bpg), Dantez Walton (11.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.0 spg), Jalen Tate (10.8 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.6 spg), and Tyler Sharpe (10.2 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 1.6 apg, 2.6 spg). Defensively, Manhattan was holding their opponents to an average of 58.0 ppg on 33.2% shooting from the field. The Jaspers had a rebound margin of 12.5 and a turnover margin of 6.5.
The Chanticleers are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 games following a straight up win. The Norse are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 Sunday games and 15-6 ATS in their last 21 non-conference games.
Costal Carolina has gotten some nice production from Zac Cuthbertson, however, the Chanticleers really haven’t faced much in competition and I’m concerned their offense is going to struggle as they no longer have Jaylen Shaw running the show. Northern Kentucky has been outstanding in their first two years in the Horizon and have one of the best players in all of the Horizon in Drew McDonald. Along with McDonald, the Norse return some solid pieces in Jalen Tate & Dantez Walton which should help the Norse be once again strong on the defensive end as they finished last year ranked 16th in defensive FG%. Northern Kentucky is a good team and as I think their defensive is going to give Coastal Carolina trouble, I’m taking the Norse to cover this spread.