UNC Wilmington vs. College of Charleston - 12/29/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

UNC Wilmington vs. College of Charleston - 12/29/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

College of Charleston Cougars (11-2) at UNC Wilmington Seahawks (4-9)

College Basketball: Saturday, December 29, 2018 at 7:00 pm (Trask Coliseum)

The Line: UNC Wilmington Seahawks +7 -- Over/Under: 151.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The College of Charleston Cougars will travel to Trask Coliseum to take on the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The College of Charleston Cougars won their 8th straight game and improved to 11-2 on the season after defeating the Costal Carolina Chanticleers, 73-71, on December 21st. In a tight back and forth game, College of Charleston won the game in exciting fashion after the Cougars Jarrell Brantley hit a game-winning three-pointer with just 1.1 seconds left in regulation. College of Charleston shot 43.8% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 14-7 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Cougars was Jarrell Brantley who had a double-double with 22 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, and a block.

On the season, College of Charleston is averaging 74.9 ppg on 47.6% shooting from the field. The Cougars are averaging 6.5 three-pointers per game on 31.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, College of Charleston has been led by Grant Riller (22.2 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.3 spg), Jarrell Brantley (20.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.5 spg), Brevin Galloway (9.4 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.5 spg), and Zep Jesper (7.3 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.4 apg).

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Defensively, College of Charleston is holding their opponents to an average of 67.4 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Cougars have a rebound margin of 0.8 and a turnover margin of 2.7.

The UNC Wilmington Seahawks lost their 5th straight game and dropped to 4-9 on the season after being defeated by the Mercer Bears, 77-73, on December 21st. UNC Wilmington struggled defensively against the Bears and couldn’t fight back after a Luke Hamilton three-pointer for the Bears gave Mercer a 74-71 lead with just :26 seconds left in regulation. UNC Wilmington allowed Mercer to shoot 52.9% from the field and 47.8% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Seahawks was Jeantal Cylla who had a double-double with 19 points, 10 rebounds, 1 block, and a steal.

On the season, UNC Wilmington is averaging 77.0 ppg on 45.1% shooting from the field. The Seahawks are averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game on 35.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UNC Wilmington has been led by Jeantal Cylla (14.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg), Devontae Cacok (13.7 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 1.0 spg), Devontae Cacok (13.7 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 1.0 spg), Ty Gadsden (9.7 ppg, 2.0 apg), and Jaylen Fornes (9.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg).

Defensively, UNC Wilmington is allowing their opponents to average 81.9 ppg on 47.4% shooting from the field. The Seahawks have a rebound margin of 4.0 and a turnover margin of -4.9.

The Cougars are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record and just 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. The Seahawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games and 9-4-1 ATS in their last 14 games following an ATS win.

College of Charleston has one of the best duos in the CAA in Grant Riller and Jarrell Brantley and has been solid on both end of the court as they rank 84th in scoring defense & 73rd in FG%. UNCW is just 4-9 on the season however, I think the Seahawks are a bit better than the record might indicate as they played a tough schedule so far this season including a recent 4-game road trip that featured games against UNC, Furman, and Georgia State. UNC Wilmington has a solid offense that ranks T-113th in scoring offense, however, needs to improve on the defensive end as they rank just 337th in scoring defense & 322nd in defensive FG%. College of Charleston is the better team in this one however, UNCW was able to play Davidson tough at home earlier this season and as I think the duo of Cylla & Cacok will be able to keep this one interesting, I’m taking the Seahawks and the points in this one.

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Brett’s Pick UNC Wilmington Seahawks -7

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