A pair of teams from the CAA take the floor in the Palmetto State looking to earn a conference victory. The UNC Wilmington Seahawks are on the road as they make the trip to take on the Charleston Cougars Wednesday night. UNC Wilmington took down William & Mary 70-63 on the road Saturday in their previous game though they pushed the number as a seven-point favorite. Charleston snapped a two-game slide by rolling past Delaware 84-67 on the road, covering the line as a seven-point favorite, in their last game Saturday. In the all-time series between the teams, the Seahawks own a 17-15 advantage though it was the Cougars prevailing 71-69 on the road in the first meeting this season on January 11.
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UNC Wilmington Seahawks Seeking to Split Season SeriesUNC Wilmington won their fourth straight game as they took down William & Mary on the road in their previous game. The Seahawks improved to 19-6 overall and stand 9-3 in the CAA, leaving them third, one game behind Charleston and Hofstra for the top spot. Against William & Mary, UNC Wilmington led 7-0 three minutes into the game and 15-2 nine minutes into the contest only to see the lead trimmed to three at the half. The Seahawks opened the second half on a 9-3 run to go up 40-31 with 13:54 remaining and never let the Tribe closer than five the rest of the way. UNC Wilmington shot 52% from the floor, including five of 13 from three-point range, and forced 15 turnovers in the win. Trazarien White led the Seahawks with 21 points and six rebounds in the victory.
The Seahawks are below average this season offensively, putting up an average of 69.4 points per game on the year, putting them 240th in the nation in scoring offense. UNC Wilmington collects 34.1 boards a night (244th) while handing out an average of 11.1 assists (328th) per contest. The Seahawks are above average on the defensive end of the floor, ranking 21st in the nation by allowing 62.4 points per game. Trazarien White leads the team in scoring as he puts up 13.4 points plus 5.6 rebounds per game. Shykeim Phillips (8.7 points), Jamarii Thomas (seven points) and Amari Kelly (7.8 points) are decent secondary options. Donovan Newby, Nick Farrar, Eric Van Der Heijden, Nolan Hodge, Maleeck Harden-Hayes (10.6 points, 4.4 rebounds), Jamarhi Harvey, Victor Enoh and Noah Ross are logging solid minutes for coach Takayo Siddle. UNC Wilmington is shooting a chilly 44.7% from the floor as a team on the year. The Seahawks drill an average of 6.3 triples a night while shooting 33.6% from beyond the arc. UNC Wilmington is slightly above average at the charity stripe this season as they are converting 72.3% of their attempts entering this contest.
Charleston Cougars Try to Maintain Share of CAA Top SpotCharleston snapped a two-game slide as they took down Delaware on the road in their previous game Saturday afternoon. The Cougars ran their record to 22-3 overall and stand tied for first in the conference with Hofstra as both teams are 10-2. Against Delaware, Charleston led by just two at the half before starting the second half on a 13-2 run to go up 51-38 with 14:36 remaining. The Cougars didn’t let the lead slip below nine after that en route to the win. Charleston shot 43.3% from the field, including 13 of 32 from three-point range, and held Delaware to 40.7% shooting in the game. Dalton Bolon led the Cougars with 18 points and five rebounds in the win.
The Cougars are putting up an average of 79.8 points per game, which is 26th in the country in scoring offense, on the season. Charleston hauls down 40.4 rebounds per contest (5th) and dishes out 13.5 assists per game. The Cougars have been average on the defensive end of the floor, ranking 162nd by allowing 68.8 points per game this year. Reyne Smith is second on the team with 11 points per contest this season. Dalton Bolon is leading the team in scoring as he puts up 13.4 points a game. Pat Robinson III (10.2 points), Jaylon Scott, Ben Burnham, Babacar Faye, Ante Brzovic (10.6 points, 5.4 rebounds), Raekwon Horton, Ryan Larson (10.5 points, 4.2 assists) and Charles Lampten are solid contributors for the Cougars. Charleston is hitting 43.2% from the floor this season as a team. The Cougars splash an average of 10 three-pointers a night while hitting 32.8% of their attempts from beyond the arc. Charleston has been good at the charity stripe, sinking 73.5% of their chances at the line this season, which is 104th in the nation.
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The first meeting between these teams this season was a two-point win on the road for Charleston last month. That marked one of just two losses for UNC Wilmington at home this season, with the other a two-point loss to William & Mary three days later. The problem for Takayo Siddle and the Seahawks is that this game is on the road and the Cougars are 13-1 in their own barn this season. Charleston’s hit list at home is an impressive one when you look at it as they’ve taken down Richmond, Davidson, Kent State and Virginia Tech along the way. The Cougars are 4-1 in CAA play at home, winning their games by at least 11 points with the lone defeat a four-point setback to Hofstra. UNC Wilmington battles but they don’t have the weapons to keep up with the Cougars here. Take Charleston at home as they earn the season sweep.
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On the season, UNC Wilmington has seen the under hit in 13 of their 23 games, with one push, that had posted totals at the sportsbooks. UNC Wilmington is 254th in effective field goal percentage (49%) though they are 175th in turnover percentage (18.4%) this season. The Seahawks are a below-average team in tempo as they come in ranked 306th in adjusted pace with 64.6 possessions a game according to KenPom. Charleston has gone under the number in 15 of their 24 games this season. The Cougars are 68th in offensive efficiency, 178th in effective field goal percentage (50.6%), 16th in offensive rebounding percentage (35.5%) and they are 35th in adjusted tempo with 70.3 possessions a night according to KenPom this season. In the first meeting this season, the teams totaled 140 points, marking the second straight under in the series. We likely don’t see more than that in this game so lean toward the under as well.