Wofford vs. The Citadel - 3/6/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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The Citadel Bulldogs (6-23) at Wofford Terriers (16-15)
College Basketball: Friday, March 6, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Harrah's Cherokee Center)
The Line: Wofford Terriers -14.5 -- Over/Under: 147.5
The Wofford Terriers and the Citadel Bulldogs meet in a SoCon First Round tournament matchup in college basketball action from the U.S. Cellular Center on Friday night.
The Citadel Bulldogs will try to pick up their first win, finishing the year and entering the conference tournament as the #10 seed, finishing the year with a conference mark of 0-18 as part of their 6-23 overall record this season. Kaelon Harris leads the Citadel in scoring and rebounding with 14 PPG and 6.9 RPG while Kaiden Rice has 12.1 PPS and 2.8 RPG and Fletcher Abee has 12 PPG this season. Tyson Batiste is also averaging a team-high 5.4 APG this season. As a team, the Citadel is averaging 74.8 points on 43.4% shooting from the field, 32.6% from 3-point range and 68.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 80.7 points on 45.1% shooting from the field and 33.5% from 3-point range this season.
The Wofford Terriers come into the tournament as a #7-seed, finishing the year with an unusually low 8-10 conference record as part of their 16-15 overall record this season. Nathan Hoover leads Wofford in scoring with 15.4 PPG while Storm Murphy has 11.8 PPG and 3.3 APG and Chevez Goodwin has 11.4 PPG and a team-high 6.2 RPG this season. As a team, Wofford is averaging 71.7 points on 45.8% shooting from the field, 34.6% from 3-point range and 71.6% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 68.2 points on 43.9% shooting from the field and 33% from 3-point range this season.
Head-to-head, the favorite is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.
I get why the points with the Citadel would be tempting as the Bulldogs can score in bunches. However, the Citadel also give up points like there’s no tomorrow, allowing 84.1 points per game away from home, 82.6 PPG in conference play and 83.2 PPG in their last 5 games while the Bulldogs are only putting up 65.8 PPG in their last 5 games. Numbers like that on a consistent basis scream blowout any way you slice it. I think this is just another game where the defense doesn’t hold up their end of things, and the Terriers win in a beatdown. Give me Wofford and lay the points here.