The Charlotte 49ers and the Monmouth Hawks meet in college basketball action from the OceanFirst Bank Center on Saturday afternoon.
The Charlotte 49ers will be out to build on an 82-80 OT win over Detroit Mercy last time out. Igor Milicic Jr. leads the 49ers in scoring with 10.8 PPG along with 5.8 RPG while Aly Khalifa has 10 PPG with team-highs of 7.6 RPG and 3.8 APG to lead the 49ers in rebounding and assists as the only other double-digit scorer for Charlotte so far this season. Lu’Cye Patterson also has 9 PPG with 3.6 RPG and 3.4 APG as well on the year. As a team, Charlotte is averaging 67.7 PPG on 46.7% shooting from the field, 36.5% from three-point range and 74.8% from the foul line this season.
The Monmouth Hawks will try to bounce back from an 86-71 loss to Syracuse last time out. Myles Foster leads Monmouth in scoring and rebounding with 11.9 PPG and 6.4 RPG while Jack Collins has 10.5 PPG and 3.5 RPG as the only other double-digit scorer for the Hawks so far this season. Myles Ruth has a team-high 2.7 APG to lead Monmouth in assists. As a team, Monmouth is averaging 62.4 PPG on 40.4% shooting from the field, 30.1% from three and 61.2% from the foul line this season.
Charlotte is 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games against a team with a home winning percentage below .400 and 5-21 ATS in their last 26 road games against a team with a losing home record while the over is 6-1-1 in their last 8 road games. Monmouth is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win and 0-5 ATs in their last 5 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 while the over is 5-0 in their last 5 games overall.
I get the case to be made either way here, but I’m on the under. I would back Charlotte, but a lot of their best work has been done at home in terms of covering the number, but I think they’ll be able to stifle a lacklustre Monmouth team, but getting enough separation to cover the number is another story This feels like a 68-57 kind of game, so give me the under.