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Coastal Carolina vs. Georgia Southern - 2/21/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Georgia Southern at Coastal Carolina
Date & Time Thursday February 21, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
HTC Center
Conway, SC
The Line
Georgia Southern Eagles -1.5 -- Over/Under: 157.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Georgia Southern Eagles and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers meet in Sun Belt college basketball action from the HTC Center on Thursday night.

The Georgia Southern Eagles come into this game looking to build on back-to-back wins after a 76-51 beatdown of Troy last time out. Isaiah Crawley and Tookie Brown tied for the team-high with 16 points, with Crawley shooting 6 of 9 from the floor with 9 rebounds while Brown shot 6 of 15 with a team-high 4 assists and 5 steals. David-Lee Jones JR. added 11 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Georgia Southern in the win, while Montae Glenn added 8 points with a team-high 10 rebounds and 4 blocks and Quan Jackson chipped in 9 points and 8 rebounds. Brown leads Georgia Southern with an average of 17.5 points and 5.1 assists per game while Glenn leads the Eagles in rebounding with 7.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Georgia Southern is averaging 83.4 points per game on 50% shooting from the field, which is the 5th-best field goal percentage in D-I this season, along with a 33.3% mark from 3-point range and 68.1% from the foul line this season.

The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers will be out to snap a 3-game losing streak after an 88-79 loss to Appalachian State in their last outing. Ajay Sanders led the Chanticleers with 22 points on 7 of 11 shooting with 4 threes while Zac Cuthbertson added 17 points with a team-high 8 rebounds. Tyrell Gumbs-Frater chipped in 13 points to round out the group of double-digit scorers for Coastal in the losing effort. Cuthbertson leads Coastal Carolina with an average of 18.4 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game this season. As a team, Coastal Carolina is averaging 75.8 points per game on 45.1% shooting from the field, 38.7% from behind the 3-point line and 70.9% from the foul line this season.

Georgia Southern is 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games following a win while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Coastal Carolina is 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a loss while the under is 9-2 in their last 11 Thursday games.

This game could genuinely go either way which is why the line is so low and to be honest, it’s tempting to take the free point with Coastal Carolina at home here. However, with the line so low, if you take the Chanticleers, you’re basically saying that Coastal wins this game, and I just genuinely don’t see that happening here. The Eagles are the deeper team and have been in much better form as of late, so I’ll lay the bucket with Georgia Southern here.

Pick:
Georgia Southern -1.5

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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