College of Charleston Cougars (3-2) at UAB Blazers (3-1)
College Basketball: Friday, November 23, 2018 at 6:30 pm (HP Field House)
The Line: UAB Blazers +3 -- Over/Under: 137 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Charleston Cougars and UAB Blazers will square off this Friday night at HP Field House in a consolation game of the Advocare Invitational.
The Charleston Cougars lost their 2nd consecutive game and dropped to 3-2 on the season after being defeated by the 19th ranked LSU Tigers, 67-55, last night. Charleston struggled for the field against the tough LSU defense and was down by double-digits for the majority of the game after behind by a 33-16 margin with 3:27 left in the 1st half. Charleston allowed LSU to shoot 51.9% from the field while the Cougars shot just 34.0% from the field and 20.8% from beyond the arc. The Cougars outrebounded LSU by a 35-34 margin and forced 13 LSU turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Cougars was Joe Brantley who had 27 points, 9 rebounds, and a steal.
Going into their game agianst LSU, Charleston was averaging 71.5 ppg on 44.0% shooting from the field. The Cougars were averaging 5.3 three-pointers per game on 23.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, the Cougars have been led by Jarrell Brantley (20.2 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.2 spg, 1.2 bpg), Grant Riller (16.0 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.0 spg), Brevin Galloway (10.8 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 2.0 spg), and Zep Jesper (8.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.6 apg).
Defensively, Charleston was allowing their opponents to average 68.0 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Cougars have a rebound margin of 3.0 and a turnover margin of 1.8.
The UAB Blazers lost their first game of the season, dropping to 3-1 on the year, after being defeated by the 14th ranked Florida State Seminoles, 81-63, last night. UAB struggled on both ends of the floor agianst the Seminoles and couldn’t fight back after Florida State took a 51-37 lead with 14:22 left in regulation. UAB allowed Florida State to shoot 49.1% from the field while the Blazers shot just 32.8% from the field and 14.3% from beyond the arc. UAB was outrebounded by Florida State by a 38-30 margin and committed 15 turnovers in the loss. Leading the way for the Blazers was Tyreek Scott-Grayson who had 16 points, 2 rebounds, and 4 steals from off the bench.
Coming into their matchup against the Seminoles, UAB was averaging 75.7 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field. The Blazers were averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game on 33.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UAB has been led by Zack Bryant (13.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 3.8 apg, 1.8 spg), Lewis Sullivan (10.0 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.0 spg), Jalen Perry (9.5 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 1.0 spg), and Tavin Lovan (9.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.3 spg).
Defensively, UAB was holding their opponents to an average of 60.7 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field. The Blazers had a rebound margin of 9.7 and a turnover margin of 3.3.
The Cougars are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Blazers are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. CAA opponents however, just 15-36 ATS in their last 51 neutral site games.
Charleston brought back two great players in Grant Riller & Jarrell Brantley which will help the Cougars once again be a solid CAA team this season, however, if Charleston wants to punch their ticket back to the NCAA Tournament, they’ll need to find some additional scoring as the Cougars come into this game ranked just 216th in FG%, T-324th in three-pointers made per game, and 342nd in 3P-FG%. UAB is in rebuilding mode after losing Chris Cokley, William Lee, and Nick Norton and although they are going to be a tough defensive team, and have some solid young players that could make UAB dangerous in the C-USA this if they can contribute immediately. I’m expecting this to be a low scoring game however and as of right now, as the line has yet to be released, I’m initially leaning on taking the Cougars as I think Riller & Brantley will do enough to cover what I expect to be a low to mid-range spread.
Update (9:55 AM) - The line is about where I thought it would be at the Cougars are favored by 3. I'm keeping with my initial thoughts witth taking Charleson and I might put someting on the under also.