The Charleston Southern Buccaneers and the UNC Asheville Bulldogs meet Friday in Big South Tournament college basketball action from Bojangles’ Coliseum. Charleston Southern is coming off a tournament win Wednesday versus High Point. As for UNC Asheville, they’re sitting at 24-7 overall on the year following a win over Longwood over the weekend. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Charleston Southern Buccaneers
The Buccaneers limped to a pretty rough 8-14 record over their first 22 games this year. Charleston Southern finished off the year with a 1-6 run, taking losses to High Point, USC Upstate, Radford, Campbell, Winthrop and UNC Asheville.
In the tournament game versus High Point on Wednesday, the Buccaneers were down 40-30 by halftime. Charleston Southern rallied on a 42-30 second half and won 72-70. Claudell Harris topped the team with 20 points and four rebounds.
UNC Asheville Bulldogs
Over on the UNC Asheville side, they managed an 18-6 run through their first 24 outings. The Bulldogs then took a loss to USC Upstate before beating Winthrop, Presbyterian, Radford, Gardner-Webb, Charleston Southern and Longwood in succession.
Matched up against Longwood on Saturday, UNC Asheville was down 38-33 going into the second half. The Bulldogs came back on a 43-28 run and took the win 76-66. Fletcher Abee put up 20 points and Drew Pember added 19 points in the victory.
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’ll probably stay with UNC Asheville. The Bulldogs are on a six-game win streak right now, and they’ve scored 70 or more points in nine of their last 10 games. UNC Asheville won both meetings between these teams this year. The first was 73-63 on January 18 at CSU Field House, then at Kimmel Arena on February 22 the Bulldogs won 80-62 thanks to a 43-26 second half. The Buccaneers have been a very shaky team lately and I don’t think they’ll be able to keep pace if UNC Asheville gets going.