The Big South Conference Tourney showdown between the Radford Highlanders (20-10, 15-3 BigSou) and the Charleston Southern Buccaneers (14-17, 8-11 BigSou) will take place at Dedmon Center. Action gets underway at 6 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 5, 2020.
Charleston Southern Buccaneers at Radford Highlanders ATS Preview
In the Buccaneers’ last matchup, they defeated the Presbyterian Blue Hose, 81-64. With 14 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds, Phlandrous Fleming Jr. led the way for Charleston Southern with his zeroth triple-double of the season. Charleston Southern played a nearly perfect game. They had a turnover percentage of 10.1 (better than their season average of 16.6) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.616 (above their season average of 0.495). For those same stats, Presbyterian recorded marks of 13.1 and 0.481, respectively.
The Highlanders are trying to rebound after their 70-62 loss to the Gardner-Webb Runnin’ Bulldogs in their last matchup. Travis Fields, Jr. was the game’s leading scorer with 22 points on 9-for-14 shooting. Gardner-Webb had a better free throw rate (0.157 vs. 0.069). Radford, meanwhile, forced the Runnin’ Bulldogs into a turnover percentage of 18.8 (above the 15.1 mark opponents have averaged against Radford this season).
The high-octane offense of Radford (18th in the NCAA with an offensive efficiency of 111.8) will square off against the bottom-tier defense of Charleston Southern (297th in the country with a defensive efficiency of 105.2). The Highlanders figure to have the edge on that side of the ball.
Charleston Southern at Radford Betting Prediction
Basketball Tip: SU Winner – Radford, ATS Winner – Radford, O/U – Over
The Highlanders average 13.7 assists per game, which ranks 106th in the country. The Buccaneers rank 224th in assists allowed per game (14.2).
Charleston Southern ranks 54th in three pointers attempted per game (24.9) while Radford ranks 259th in three pointers allowed per game (24.7).
The Highlanders rank 63rd in rebounds allowed per game (32.7) while the Buccaneers rank 243rd (37.3).
Radford ranks fourth in steals allowed per game (4.3) while Charleston Southern ranks 167th (6.8).
The Highlanders’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 8.8, up from 5.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Buccaneers have scored an average of 69.2 points per game (0.3 below their season average) and allowed an average of 73.6 points per game (1.3 above their season average).