Charleston at Northeastern
|Date & Time||Monday March 11, 2019, 8:30 PM (EDT)|
North Charleston Coliseum
North Charleston, SC
Northeastern Huskies -3 -- Over/Under: 140
CBS Sports Network
The Northeastern Huskies and Charleston Cougars will face off at the North Charleston Coliseum in the Semifinals of the CAA Men’s Championship this Monday night.
The 3-seed Charleston Cougars improved to 24-8 (12-6) on the season and keep their NCAA dreams alive after defeating the 6-seed Drexel Dragons, 73-61, on Sunday night. Charleston came out of the gates strong and had little trouble securing the victory after taking a 38-24 lead at halftime. Charleston shot 51.8% from the field while holding Drexel to 40.7% shooting from the field and 26.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Cougars was Grant Riller who had 24 points, 5 rebounds, 6 assists, 3 steals, and a block.
Coming into their game against Drexel, Charleston was averaging 74.6 ppg on 48.1% shooting from the field. The Cougars were averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 33.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Charleston has been led by Grant Riller (22.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.2 spg), Jarrell Brantley (19.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.4 spg), Brevin Galloway (7.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.0 apg, 1.3 spg), and Zep Jasper (5.4 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.2 apg).
Defensively, Charleston was allowing their opponents to average 68.8 ppg on 44.9% shooting from the field. The Cougars had a rebound margin of 1.0 and a turnover margin of 2.2.
The 2-seed Northeastern Huskies (21-10; 14-4) had no trouble advancing in the CAA’s Men’s Championship after defeating the 10-seed UNC-Wilmington Seahawks, 80-59, on Sunday night. Northeastern led by a 39-28 margin at halftime and had no trouble pulling away in the 2nd half after a 12-1 run to start the half gave the Huskies a 51-29 lead with 15:38 left in regulation. Northeastern shot 48.3% from the field and 46.2% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Huskies was Jordan Roland who had 21 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist.
Coming into their match-up agianst the Seahawks, Northeastern was averaging 76.0 ppg on 48.3% shooting from the field. The Huskies were averaging 9.6 three-pointers per game on 38.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Northeastern has been led by Vasa Pusica (17.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.5 spg), Jordan Roland (14.8 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.3 spg), Donnell Gresham Jr. (10.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.3 spg), and Bolden Brace (9.9 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.5 apg).
Defensively, Northeastern was allowing their opponents to average 70.6 ppg on 46.0% shooting from the field. The Huskies have a rebound margin of -0.4 and a turnover margin of 0.2.
Charleston and Northeastern split their regular season series as the Cougars won at home by an 88-79 (OT) in mid-February while the Huskies won at home by a 69-60 margin in mid-January.
The Cougars are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 neutral site games and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Huskies are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following an ATS win and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. CAA opponents.
Northeastern came into this season as the favorites in the CAA and although they got off to a bit of shaky start to their season, largely due to a tough non-conference schedule, the Huskies have been playing great since the beginning of January and have won 14 of their last 16 games. Charleston will have the advantage of this basically being a home game and has one of the best duos in the CAA in Grant Riller & Jarrell Brantley, however, the Cougars lack of depth and three-point shooting concern me in this one. Northeastern is the more balanced team and although I do think this is going to be a tight game, I think the Huskies will be able to pull this one out and cover this small spread. Good Luck!