The Denver Pioneers and the Citadel Bulldogs meet Thursday in college basketball action from Lakefront Arena. Denver is coming off a Wednesday matchup versus IUPUI. In that one the Pioneers took a blowout win. As for the Citadel, they played New Orleans in their Wednesday matchup. The Bulldogs ended up winning by seven points. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Denver got off to a pretty solid 3-1 start this year. The Pioneers took out Idaho 68-63 in game one, then beat Colorado College 90-68. The Pioneers’ first loss came to Sacramento State 73-69, but they rebounded to eke out a 70-69 win over Idaho State.
In the Wednesday game versus IUPUI, the Pioneers posted 46 points in the first half and another 40 after halftime on the way to an 86-64 victory. Tevin Smith led the way on 19 points, and Touko Tainamo doubled on 13 points and 13 rebounds.
Over on the Bulldogs’ side, they went 2-2 over their first four games. The Citadel lost to Clemson 80-69 in the opener, then beat Presbyterian 70-58 and Morris College 109-66. Game four was another loss, this time 89-42 to Butler.
In the matchup versus New Orleans on Wednesday, the Citadel trailed 35-29 going into the second half. The Bulldogs caught fire and scored 43 points from there in a 72-65 comeback win. Tops in scoring was Austin Ash with 19 points and five rebounds.
PICK: I’ll probably stick with the Citadel here. The Bulldogs posted a pretty nice overall effort in the comeback win over New Orleans on Wednesday. The Citadel put up 40.4 percent shooting with 19-of-23 (82.6 percent) from the line. The Bulldogs posted a 43-37 rebounding advantage (10-9 offensive) and had 16 team assists. If the Citadel can keep that second half mojo going, they’ll be fine in this one. As for Denver, they had a great offensive outing against IUPUI. The Pioneers will likely have a tougher time keeping pace in this one, though; it should be a great matchup.