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#723 Charleston vs.
#724 Richmond
Saturday, December 14, 2019 at 5:00pm EST
Written by Adam Rauzino

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The Richmond Spiders will host the Charleston Cougars in non-conference action Saturday evening from the Robins Center. The Cougars logged a 76-50 win against DII Coker in their previous game, and the Spiders posted an easy 75-57 home win against South Alabama in their latest tilt. This is the first meeting between these schools since 2009.

Charleston Records Easy Win Against DII Coker

The Charleston Cougars have lost three out of their last four games against DI opponents. They got back in the win column with an easy 76-50 win against DII Coker in their latest game last Sunday. The Cougars have not fared well against strong opposition this season.

Watch for Grant Riller in this one. The senior guard has scored at least 20 points in all but three games this season. Riller scored 23 points in his latest action, and he is posting 20.8 PPG on 53% shooting. Jayden McManus is having trouble with his shot, connecting on less than 34% of his field goal in three out of his last four games. The senior forward has seen his shooting percentage dip to 41%, and he is averaging 10.1 points. Brevin Galloway has not reached double-digits in points in three straight games. The junior guard is averaging 9.6 points on a 41% clip from the field.

Charleston is currently placed 153rd overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings, and they stand at 1-1 on the road which involved a loss to UCF. The Cougars are having trouble offensively and they are averaging 67.8 points, ranking them 267th overall. They are conceding an average of 65.9 points, positioning them 129th in DI.

Richmond Earns Three Straight Dominating Wins

The Richmond Spiders continue to shine. They have rebounded from their loss to a ranked Auburn team with three straight blowout wins. The Spiders have earned a few notable wins this season which includes a win against Wisconsin and Boston College. They are coming off a 75-57 home win against South Alabama in a game that had Richmond favored by seven points.

Blake Francis is a huge threat from three-point range where he is sporting a 43.1% efficiency. The junior guard has eclipsed 20 points three times this season, and he is logging a team-leading 18 PPG on 44% shooting. Jacob Gilyard is another talented player posting big numbers. The junior guard has netted at least 15 points in three consecutive games, and he has compiled an average of 17.2 points and has connected on 60% of his field goal this season. Nick Sherod is playing well, scoring a combined 33 points in his last two games. The junior guard scored 17 points in his latest action, and he ranks third in team scoring with 15.3 PPG.

The Spiders are currently placed 64th in the country in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings, and they stand at 6-0 on their home court. Richmond is an offensive powerhouse that is averaging 79.6 points, good for 53rd in all of DI. They are conceding an average of only 67.1 points, placing them 152nd overall.

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Full-Game Side Bet

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I am selecting Richmond in this one. Richmond is red-hot, winning three consecutive games and they are routing their opponents as each win in that span occurred by at least 17 points. Charleston has only won two out of their last five games and they are going to have trouble scoring points. They are shooting a poor 42.9% as a team and the Spiders are playing stifling defense, allowing an average of only 55 points in their last three games.

Furthermore, Richmond continues to thrive offensively as well, scoring at least 75 points in six of their nine games on the season. The Spiders should come away with another blowout win.

Prediction: Richmond Spiders

Full-Game Total Pick

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The under is the play when looking at the total. The under has been a very common theme for the Spiders due to their defensive play. The under has cashed in each of their last seven games. The Cougars are poor offensively and they play at a slow pace with only 69 possessions per game placing them 284th overall, and they will have trouble generating significant offense.

In addition, while I expect enough production from Richmond to cover the points, Charleston is a  solid defensive team that has conceded 65 or fewer points in three out of their last four games. The under is also a convincing 8-2-1 in the Cougars’ last 11 games overall.

Prediction: Under

Full-Game Prop Bet

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The under on the Charleston team total offered on PointsBet is a solid prop. Richmond is holding opponents to 40.1% shooting on the season, and they have shut down some bigger schools. They limited Wisconsin to only 52 points and Boston College to 44 points. The Spiders should have no problem neutralizing Charleston in this one.

Prediction: Charleston Team Total Under

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I am opting for the under on the first half total as well. Richmond has been one of the best defensive teams in DI in the first half. They are holding opponents to 29 points and Charleston has only averaged 27.3 points in the first half in their last three games. Also, the Spiders haven’t been scoring a ton of points in the opening half recently, averaging only 29.3 points over their last three games.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.