The Charleston Cougars and San Diego State Aztecs meet Thursday in the college basketball NCAA Tournament First Round at the Amway Center. Let’s preview this game and give out a pick and prediction.
The Charleston Cougars are averaging 81.7 points on 44.4 percent shooting and allowing 68 points on 43.3 percent shooting. Dalton Bolon is averaging 12.3 points and 1.3 assists, while Ante Brzovic is averaging 11.6 points and 5.9 rebounds. Reyne Smith is the third double-digit scorer and Pat Robinson III is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The Charleston Cougars are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 73.9 percent from the free throw line. The Charleston Cougars are allowing 31.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.6 rebounds per game.
The San Diego State Aztecs are averaging 72.9 points on 45.2 percent shooting and allowing 64.4 points on 42.1 percent shooting. Matt Bradley is averaging 12.9 points and 3.8 rebounds, while Darrion Trammell is averaging 9.5 points and 2.2 rebounds. Lamont Butler is grabbing 2.6 rebounds and Jaedon LeDee is dishing 1 assist. The San Diego State Aztecs are shooting 36.3 percent from beyond the arc and 73.1 percent from the free throw line. The San Diego State Aztecs are allowing 29.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 32.4 rebounds per game.
The Cougars are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a straight up win and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Aztecs are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Thursday games and 11-4-1 ATS in their last 16 games overall. The under is 3-0-1 in Cougars last 4 overall. The under is 10-1 in Aztecs last 11 overall.
The San Diego State Aztecs are going to be favored for obvious reasons, but Charleston is a live dog capable of pulling off the upset. Charleston is one of the best offensive teams in the country, defends the 3 well and beat Virginia Tech while also dropping 86 points on North Carolina on the road. The Charleston Cougars are a dangerous double-digit seed. Give me the points, and I'll sprinkle something on the ML as well.