The Charleston Southern Buccaneers and NC State Wolfpack face off on Friday in a college basketball showdown at PNC Arena.
NC State Looks for Third Win of the Season
NC State comes into this game with a 2-0 record and they have played well heading into this game. NC State’s last game came against Abilene Christian and they scored 84 points and they ended up winning by 20 points. Jayden Taylor was the top player for NC State putting up 22 points, two rebounds, and two assists. NC State on the season is averaging 78 points while their defense is giving up 61.5 points per game. The offense is ranked 165th while the defense is ranked 83rd. Jayden Taylor is averaging 15.5 points while shooting 38.1 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from behind the three point line.
Can Charleston Southern’s Defense Step Up Enough?
Charleston Southern comes into this game with a 2-1 record but in the loss the defense really struggled. Against North Florida, Charleston Southern scored 70 points but the defense gave up 81 points. Roquez Johnson had a strong game putting up 25 points, three assists, and two rebounds. There were three different players that finished with at least 11 points. On the season, Charleston Southern is averaging 88.7 points while their defense is giving up 67 points per game. The offense is ranked 46th in the league and they are going to need to the offense to be good here.
Shane’s Free Pick
Charleston Southern’s defense is still giving up only 67 points per game and they are going to step up here. NC State is averaging 78 points and they are going to find success here. Look for Charleston Southern to slowdown the NC State offense and that is going to be the difference as the Buccaneers are going to keep this game close. Back Charleston Southern to cover the spread here.