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Hofstra Pride vs. Charleston Cougars
NCAA: Saturday, January 18, TD Arena, Charleston, South Carolina, 4:00 PM ET
The Hofstra Pride are playing excellent basketball this season, and are on a positive run of eight wins in the last nine games. Hofstra won the previous three games, including a tight one on the road over the NC Wilmington Seahawks. The Pride now improved to a 14-5 record (5-1 in conference play) and is in the 2nd place in the CAA right behind William & Mary.
The Charleston Cougars were in a great run of six victories but lost the last two games to the William & Mary Tribe and Northeastern Huskies. Charleston now dropped to an 11-8 record (5-2 in conference play) and is in the 3rd place in the CAA.
These conference rivals met twice last year, and the Pride won both games. Charleston was on a four-game winning streak over Hofstra before those two losses.
The Pride snatched a tight victory over the Seahawks on the roadHofstra recorded the second consecutive win by a couple of points margin. After defeating the Northeastern Huskies, the Pride also managed to edge the UNC Wilmington on the road, thanks to a strong second-half display. Junior forward Isaac Kante scored a layup with five seconds remaining to give the Pride a precious 63-61 win. Although they committed even 14 turnovers opposite UNC Wilmington’s eight, the visitors limited the Seahawks to just 21.4% from beyond the arc. Senior guard Tareq Coburn led Hofstra with 15 points and game-high nine rebounds. Eli Pemberton added 14 points and five boards, Desure Buie scored 12, while Kante finished the game with 12 points, eight rebounds, and two steals.
The Pride have the 58th offense in the NCAA that averages 76.9 points per game, and they are facing the Buccaneers’ 145th defense that allows 67.6 points per contest. The Pride are 168th in rebounds with 36.3 and 281st in assists with 11.9 per game.
The Cougars fell short to the Huskies at homeCharleston managed to drop a 15-point lead in the second half against the Northeastern Huskies at home and suffer a 79-76 defeat. The Cougars played very well in the opening 20 minutes and were up by seven at halftime, but the Huskies displayed a much better defense in the second half to secure a tight victory. Senior guard Grant Riller had 20 points, ten rebounds, and ten assists -- the first triple-double in program history. Sam Miller scored career-high 20 points with four boards, and two blocks, while Zep Jasper chipped in with 13 points and four rebounds.
NORTHEASTERN POSTGAME AUDIO 🔊— Charleston Basketball (@CofCBasketball) January 17, 2020
Grant Riller recorded the program's first-ever triple-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists, while Sam Miller knocked down a career-high 20 points on 6-of-7 shooting from long range #TheCollege pic.twitter.com/kYh48ALGZb
The Cougars have the 195th offense in the NCAA that averages 70.9 points per game, and they are facing the Pride’s 220th defense that allows 70.8 points per contest. The Cougars are 286th in rebounds with 33.7 and 323rd in assists with 10.8 per game.
The top supporting trends for this game are found on Covers.com Hofstra:
- 5-0 ATS in their last five games following an ATS loss
- 7-2 ATS in their last nine games overall
- 4-1 ATS in their last five Saturday games
- 20-8 ATS in their last 28 road games
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
It’s going to be a close one, but I am backing Hofstra to get a win because the Pride are in a better form at the moment. They won each of the last five road games and are chasing the William & Mary Tribe at the top of the CAA, so I am giving them a slight advantage here. Hofstra edged the Cougars last time they faced at TD Arena when it was 99-95, and I am looking for a similar outcome this time around. I don’t expect to see that many points, though, but the Pride seems closer to record a victory right now.
Prediction: Hofstra Pride +3.5 (-110)
Full-Game Total Pick
Games between these CAA rivals are usually exciting and high-scoring, as it was the case in the last three games in which we saw at least 158 points. The latest duel at TD Arena produced even 194 points, and even though I don’t think we’re going to have that many here, I am going with Over. The Pride have a good offense that can score 75+ points with ease, while their defense is not that reliable. I am backing the Cougars to score 70+ as they did in each of the last six H2H meetings. Go with Over in this one.
Prediction: Over 144 (-110)