College of Charleston Cougars (9-2) at Siena Saints (4-6)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Times Union Center)
The Line: Siena Saints +4 -- Over/Under: 135 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Charleston Cougars will travel to the Times Union Center to take on the Siena Saints this Tuesday night in College Basketball action.
The Charleston won their 6th straight game and improved to 9-2 on the season after defeating the VCU Rams, 83-79, this past Saturday. Charleston was outstanding on the offensive end against the Rams was able to hang on for the victory in the 2nd half after taking a 32-28 halftime lead. Charleston shot 51.0% from the field and outrebounded VCU by a 39-31 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Cougars was Grant Riller who had 30 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals.
On the season, Charleston is averaging 74.4 ppg on 46.8% shooting from the field. The Cougars are averaging 6.4 three-pointers per game on 29.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Charleston has been led by Grant Riller (22.6 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 5.3 apg, 1.4 spg), Jarrell Brantley (20.2 ppg, 8.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.6 spg), Brevin Galloway (9.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.5 spg), and Zep Jasper (7.1 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.3 apg).
Defensively, Charleston is holding their opponents to an average of 67.9 ppg on 43.6% shooting from the field. The Cougars have a rebound margin of 0.0 and a turnover margin of 2.4.
The Siena Saints improved to 4-6 on the season after defeating the Robert Morris Colonials, 74-71, on December 8th. Siena allowed Robert Morris to fight back from an 18-point 2nd half deficit to take a 4-point lead with 2:40 left in regulation, however, Siena was able to pull off the victory after closing out the game on a 9-2 run. Siena shot 50.9% from the field and 44.0% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Saints was Jalen Pickett who had 20 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Siena is averaging 65.7 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field. The Saints are averaging 8.9 three-pointers per game on 33.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Siena has been led by Jalen Pickett (15.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 6.8 apg, 2.1 spg), Evan Fisher (14.0 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 1.6 apg), Kevin Degnan (10.0 ppg, 4.9 rpg), and Manny Camper (6.9 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 1.1 apg).
Defensively, Siena is allowing their opponents to average 65.7 ppg on 51.0% shooting from the field. The Saints have a rebound margin of -3.1 and a turnover margin of -0.1.
The Cougars are 20-51-2 ATS in their last 73 games following an ATS win and just 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up win. The Saints are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Tuesday games, however, are just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS win.
Charleston is one of the better teams in the CAA once again this season led by an outstanding duo in Grant Riller & Jarrell Brantley. Siena has struggled on both ends of the court this season as they rank just 324th in scoring offense & 346th in defensive FG% and as I think the Saints offense is going to struggle agianst Charleston’s T-93rd ranked scoring defense, I’m taking Charleston to cover this mid-range road spread.