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Charleston vs Monmouth Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 19th Betting Odds
Cougars vs Hawks Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Charleston Cougars at Monmouth Hawks
- Where: West Long Branch at OceanFirst Bank Center
- Date: Thursday, January 19th
- Betting Odds: Charleston -21.5, CHAR -4994 | MONM +1600 O/U 143.0
Through 20 games, the Charleston Cougars have an overall record of 19-1. On the road, the Cougars will be playing their 7th game of the season, having gone 6-1. So far, the Cougars have been favored 16 times, going 16-0 straight up. In today’s matchup, the oddsmakers have Charleston as -21.5 point favorites.
Charleston’s leading scorer this season is Dalton Bolon, who is averaging 13.7 points per contest. So far, Bolon has accounted for 17.07% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 4.35 rebounds per game and 1.25 assists. Ante Brzovic is the second leading scorer for the Cougars, averaging 11.05 points per game. Between him and Brzovic, they are accounting for 30.8% of the team’s scoring.
Charleston comes into today’s matchup vs Monmouth, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 78.2 points per game. Through 20 games, they have hit 44.0% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Cougars have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 220th in possessions per game.
Monmouth will be looking to pick up a win in today’s game vs Charleston in order to snap their current 9 game losing streak. So far this season, Monmouth has played 6 games at home, sitting with a record of 0-6. For the season, Monmouth has been the underdog in 18 games, sitting with a mark of 1-17. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Hawks being +21.5 point underdogs.
Myles Foster comes into today’s game as the Hawks’ leading scorer at 12.0 points per contest. Not only has Foster been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Monmouth’s top rebounder at 6.39 boards per contest. Behind Foster, the team has benefited from the strong play of Jack Collins, who is second on the team in scoring at 9.11 points per game. Overall, he has hit 32.9% of his shots and is adding 3.83 boards per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Monmouth this season, as they are currently ranked 280th in college basketball at 68.6 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Hawks’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 33.1%, placing them 320th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: Charleston Cougars -21.5
The Charleston Cougars will begin their matchup against Monmouth Hawks as the strong favorites to win with a point spread of -21.5. Our analysis favors Charleston’s chances to pull away with an easy win and cover the spread. When considering how each team prefers to play, both Charleston and Monmouth are near the NCAA average in possessions per game. We like how this scenario benefits Charleston, as their superior talent should come through throughout the game in an easy win. Although the Cougars don’t have a great track record vs the spread as the betting favorite, going 2-3 (last 5), we like their chances to come away with the ATS win.
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