BigSou foes will collide when the Radford Highlanders (12-9, 7-2 BigSou) meet the Charleston Southern Buccaneers (11-10, 5-4 BigSou) at the Dedmon Center. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 1, 2020.
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In the Buccaneers’ last matchup, they lost to the Winthrop Eagles, 77-60. Phlandrous Fleming Jr. put together a good performance for Charleston Southern, leading the team in scoring with 20 points on 6-for-13 shooting. Winthrop held the Buccaneers to an offensive rebounding percentage of 18.8 (below their season average of 25.0). Charleston Southern, meanwhile, did a fantastic job of making free throws (14-17; 82.4 percent).
The Highlanders will look to keep it rolling after topping the Longwood Lancers in their last game, 67-55. With 21 points on 9-for-13 shooting, Travis Fields, Jr. was the top scorer from either team. Radford played a nearly perfect game. They had a superb free throw rate of 0.313 (above their season average of 0.198) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 25.8 (below their season average of 31.0). Longwood put up marks of 0.088 and 15.0, respectively, for those same stats.
The prolific offense of Radford will square off against the mid-tier defense of Charleston Southern. The Highlanders currently rank 69th in offensive efficiency, while the Buccaneers are 278th in defensive efficiency. The Highlanders should have the edge on that side of the ball.
This is the first time these teams will go head-to-head this year, after the Highlanders won two out of three contests last season. In the last game, Radford won 63-54. The Highlanders played a nearly flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.136 and a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 35.1. For those same stats, the Buccaneers recorded marks of 0.048 and 22.0, respectively.
Charleston Southern Buccaneers vs. Radford Highlanders Prediction
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Charleston Southern, ATS Winner – Charleston Southern, O/U – Over
The Highlanders average 12.8 assists per game, which ranks 162nd in the country. The Buccaneers rank 209th in assists allowed per game (14.4).
Radford ranks fifth in steals allowed per game (4.3) while Charleston Southern ranks 168th (7.2).
The Highlanders rank 105th in rebounds allowed per game (34.0) while the Buccaneers rank 244th (38.0).
Charleston Southern ranks 84th in three pointers attempted per game (23.9) while Radford ranks 222nd in three pointers allowed per game (24.4).
The Highlanders’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 1.8, down from 5.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Buccaneers have scored an average of 76.4 points per game (6.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 69.6 points per game (3.0 below their season average).