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Charleston vs. Drexel - 1/10/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Drexel at Charleston
Date & Time Thursday January 10, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
TD Arena
Charleston, SC
The Line
Charleston Cougars -14 -- Over/Under: 150
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NCAA BB | Drexel at Charleston
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The Drexel Dragons and the Charleston Cougars meet in CAA conference college basketball action from the TD Arena on Thursday night.

The Drexel Dragons will look to rebound from losses in 5 of their last 6 games after an 84-66 loss to William & Mary in their last outing. Troy Harper led the Dragons with 17 points on 6 of 12 shooting with a pair of threes while Alihan Demir and Trevor John each had 10 points to round out the scoring in double figures for Drexel in the loss. Camren Wynter added 9 points with team-highs of 10 rebounds and 4 assists as well in the losing effort for Drexel. Harper leads Drexel in scoring with 16.2 points per game while Wynter leads Drexel in assists with 5 assists per game and James Butler leads the Dragons on the glass with 7.5 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Drexel is averaging 78.6 points per game on 47.2% shooting from the field, 37.1% from behind the arc and 76.5% from the foul line this season.

The Charleston Cougars will look to rebound after suffering a 69-58 loss to James Madison in their last outing, snapping the Cougars’ 10-game winning streak. Jarrell Brantley and Jaylen Richard led the Cougars with 15 points apiece, with Richard shooting 6 of 8 from the floor with 4 steals in 15 minutes while Brantley shot 5 of 9 with a team-high 5 rebounds and 3 steals as well in the losing effort. Grant Riller added 13 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Charleston in the loss while Nick Harris added 5 rebounds of his own in the loss. Riller leads the Cougars with an average of 22.2 points and 4.4 assists per game while Brantley leads Charleston on the glass with 8.1 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Charleston is averaging 73.2 points per game on 46.5% shooting from the field, 30.8% from behind the arc and 76.5% from the foul line this season.

Drexel is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games against a team with a winning record and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning percentage above .600 while the over is 5-2 in their last 7 road games. Charleston is 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 home games and 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games against a team with a losing record while the over is 13-5 in their last 18 games following a loss. The home team is 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

Charleston is rightfully the favorite here as the Cougars are right alongside Hofstra as the current team(s) to beat in the CAA. However, while Drexel has struggled to put positive results together lately, it’s not like the Cougars have been dominating teams at home lately either, winning their last two home games by a combined 10 points and are only outscoring their opponents by 5.8 points per game this season. The home team has had success here, but the Cougars have a tendency to play down to lower opposition so I’ll take a chance on Drexel and the points in this one.

Pick:
Drexel +14

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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