William & Mary Tribe (8-7 SU, 3-6 ATS, 4-5 O/U) vs. Charleston Cougars (14-4 SU, 8-6-1 ATS, 6-8-1 O/U)
NCAAB: Saturday, January 14, 2017, TD Arena, Charleston, South Carolina, 4 pm ET
Spread: Charleston -6.5, Over/Under: 137.5
It’s a matchup in the Colonial Athletic Association down in the Low Country. The William & Mary Tribe travel down the east coast as they battle the Charleston Cougars Saturday afternoon. William & Mary had a two game win streak snapped with a 101-77 rout by UNC Wilmington on the road Thursday. Charleston won their sixth straight with a 53-51 road win over James Madison Thursday night. William & Mary has won five of the seven meetings between the teams. That includes a 63-61 win in the last matchup here on January 14, 2016.
William & Mary Tribe Try to Steal Road Win
William & Mary was no match for the powerhouse UNC Wilmington in conference play as they saw their two game win streak snapped. The Tribe was down 11 at the half and saw things get worse as things wore on in the contest. William & Mary hit 53.2 percent from the floor but got torched as UNC Wilmington knocked down 55.7 percent in the contest. The Tribe sank only 4 of 13 three point attempts and turned the ball over 17 times in the loss. William & Mary struggled at the charity stripe as they converted just 7 of 13 attempts. Jack Whitman led the Tribe with 21 points in the defeat.
The Tribe is one of the best offensive teams in the nation as they are ranked tied for 43rd with 81 points per game. William & Mary is tied for 119th with 37.8 rebounds a contest and 27th with 17.3 assists per night. Defense has been an issue for the Tribe as they are tied for 283rd in scoring defense by giving up 77.1 points a contest. William & Mary shoots 47.5 percent from the floor as a team. The Tribe drains 9.1 three pointers a game while sinking 36.7 percent from beyond the arc. Daniel Dixon leads the team with 16.1 points plus 3.9 rebounds per game. Omar Prewitt contributes 13.4 points plus 5.5 boards a night while Jack Whitman chips in 11.4 points plus 6.1 rebounds per game. Nathan Knight, Greg Malinowski, David Cohn, Connor Burchfield, Paul Rowley and Justin Pierce all put up at least five points a night for the Tribe.
Charleston Cougars Look for Seventh Straight Victory
Charleston has pulled out back to back close wins and look to extend their win streak to seven games here. The Cougars rallied from a seven point halftime deficit by outscoring James Madison 29-20 in the second half. Charleston had another poor shooting night as they hit 39.1 percent from the floor in the game but they limited James Madison to 38.3 percent shooting. The Cougars hit 7 of 22 from three point range in the game and lost the rebounding battle 35-28. Charleston was led by Grant Riller, who had 19 points in the victory.
The Cougars have relied on defense this season as their offense has left plenty to be desired: they are 328th in the nation in scoring offense with 64.2 points per game. Charleston is 299th in rebounding with 33.8 boards per game and 344th with 10.3 assists per contest. The Cougars are elite defensively, ranking 5th in scoring defense by allowing just 59.3 points a game. Charleston shoots a meager 39.1 percent from the floor as a team. The Cougars are hitting 5.9 threes a night but convert only 29.8 percent from beyond the arc. Joe Chealey puts up 15.4 points plus 3.1 assists per game while Jarrell Brantley is oene of two other players scoring in double figures with 12.8 points plus 8.2 boards a night. Grant Riller (10.5 points), Cameron Johnson, Nick Harris, Marquise Pointer and Payton Hulsey each contribute at least 4.5 points a night.
William & Mary
- Tribe are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games
- Tribe are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Colonial Athletic Association
- Cougars are 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss
This one is a matchup of polar opposites as the Tribe is one of the nation’s best offensive teams in the nation. Charleston is an elite defensive team capable of shutting down any team in the nation and could make life tough for teams in the NCAA Tournament if they get that far. The Tribe is weak defensively and that proves to be the difference. The Cougars exploit the Tribe’s defensive woes and pick up their seventh straight win.