CAA foes will battle when the Hofstra Pride (18-7, 9-3 CAA) clash against the Charleston Cougars (15-10, 9-4 CAA) at Mack Sports Complex. Action starts at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 13, 2020, and it can be seen on CBS Sports Network.
Charleston Cougars vs. Hofstra Pride Betting Preview
The last time the Cougars played, they lost to the Elon Phoenix, 72-65. Grant Riller had a solid performance for Charleston, leading the team in scoring with 26 points on 8-for-20 shooting. Elon’s 8.4 turnover percentage was their biggest advantage over Charleston, who had a rate of 11.3. The Phoenix’s mark was better than their season average of 16.1.
The Pride come in on a high note after defeating the Northeastern Huskies in their last contest, 75-71. Hofstra rallied around Jalen Ray, who led the team in scoring with 22 points on 5-for-14 shooting. The Pride made 24 of their 29 free throws (82.8 percent), while the Huskies had a turnover percentage of 22.1 (above their season average of 16.7).
Hofstra should be expected to protect the ball well in this contest. Hofstra ranks 30th in the country at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.6 percent), while Charleston forces the 75th-fewest turnovers (17.8 percent).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Cougars won 69-67. The Cougars dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an extraordinary offensive rebounding percentage of 34.3 and a free throw rate of 0.186. The Pride were 15.4 and 0.135, respectively, for those same stats. Despite the loss, Desure Buie was a top performer in the game with 19 points and nine assists.
Charleston Cougars at Hofstra Pride ATS Prediction
Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Hofstra, ATS Winner – Charleston, O/U – Under
The Pride average 35.1 rebounds per game, which ranks 168th in the NCAA. The Cougars rank 185th in rebounds allowed per game (35.8).
Hofstra ranks 150th in three pointers attempted per game (21.9) while Charleston ranks 154th in three pointers allowed per game (21.8).
Hofstra ranks 39th in blocks allowed per game (2.6) while Charleston ranks 119th (3.5).
The Cougars rank 16th in steals allowed per game (4.9) while the Pride rank 74th (5.9).
Hofstra ranks 193rd in assists per game (12.2) while Charleston ranks 240th (10.8).
The Pride’s average margin of victory in their last five games has been 12.2, up from 7.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Cougars have scored an average of 73.8 points per game (2.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 66.4 points per game (1.0 below their season average).