Western Carolina Catamounts (6-2) at College of Charleston Cougars (2-3)
College Basketball: Friday, December 18, 2020 at 7:00 pm (TD Arena)
The Line: College of Charleston Cougars -3 -- Over/Under: 148.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Western Carolina Catamounts and the Charleston Cougars meet in SoCon college basketball action from TD Arena on Friday night.
The Western Carolina Catamounts will look to rebound after a 93-68 loss to VCU sent the Catamounts to 6-2 on the year. Xavier Cork led the way for Western Carolina with 16 points on 7 of 10 shooting with 5 rebounds while Matt Halvorsen and Tyler Harris each had 12 points to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Western Carolina in the losing effort. Harris shot 5 of 8 from the floor with a team-high 6 rebounds and 3 assists as well as a pair of threes while Halvorsen had a pair of triples and 3 assists. Travion McCray and Mason Faulkner each had 9 points with McCray dishing out a team-high 4 assists while Faulkner drilled a pair of threes with 4 rebounds. Faulkner leads the Catamounts with an average of 16.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game, all team-highs. As a team, Western Carolina is averaging 85points per game on 47.4% shooting from the field, 35.8% from 3-point range and 72.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 78.9 points on 44.1% shooting from the field and 37.2% from behind the arc on the year.
The Charleston Cougars will be out to build off of a 90-63 win over South Carolina State last time out. Brenden Tucker led the way with 16 points on a perfect shooting night, going 5 of 5 from the field with a pair of threes while Brevin Galloway added 13 points with 3 threes in just 9 minutes on the floor. Zep Jasper added 12 points with a team-high 6 rebounds and 5 assists and Payton Willis had 11 points with a pair of threes and 3 assists and Dontavius King chipped in 10 points in 13 minutes to cap off the scoring in double figures for Charleston in the victory. Halloway leads Charleston in scoring with an average of 15 points per game while Willis leads the Cougars in assists with 2.8 assists per game and Osinachi Smart leads Charleston in rebounding with 7.6 boards per game this season. As a team, Charleston is averaging 75.6 points on 44.9% shooting from the field 34.7% from behind the arc and 72.2% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 73.2 points on 43.6% shooting from the field and 37.9% from 3-point range this season.
Western Carolina is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games while the over is 12-5 in their last 17 games as an underdog. Charleston is 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 home games. The underdog is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams.
Part of me wonders if somebody knows something with this line, but then the other part of me fires back and says well with lines like these it’s no wonder the underdog’s had so much success and I’m inclined to agree with the latter. Charleston has played the tougher schedule up to this point, but a win over a subdivision school and South Carolina State, who have been playing almost at the same level, doesn’t do much to move the needle for me there. Western Carolina hasn’t been good ATS, and their schedule’s nothing to write home about, but this is still a 6-2 team early on and the majority of their covers have been giving up too many points. I think we’re getting a free bucket with the better team here, so I’ll take it with Western Carolina in this one.