Last Updated: 2017-03-06
Matchup: Davidson Wildcats at College of Charleston Cougars
Date/Time: December 4, 5:00 p.m. ET
TV: Local TV
College Basketball Betting Odds From Bookmaker
Spread: Davidson -5.5
The Davidson Wildcats and the College of Charleston Cougars used to share a home in the Southern Conference. Davidson went on to bigger and better things with an agreement to join the Atlantic-10 and Charleston did to a lesser extent as well with a spot in the Colonial Athletic Association. These two schools get together for some non-conference action on Sunday evening near the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. Davidson is road chalk of a couple possessions.
Early money has been on the road favorite here in this spot, which should come as no surprise. Davidson has covered and won each of its last four games. The non-covers came against Appalachian State and Clemson, with covers over Missouri, Arizona State, Charlotte, and Mercer. The Wildcats do take on North Carolina next, so it’s plausible that there could be a look-ahead factor. College of Charleston is 5-3 straight up and 3-3 against the number. Their last two wins over USC Upstate and Navy were not lined. The Cougars covered against Villanova as a 20.5-point underdog on November 23 in a 16-point loss.
Things have gotten significantly tougher for Davidson since joining the A-10. They schedule up a bit in the non-conference portion of the season with some easy travel matchups with top teams in the ACC, but the jump from the SoCon to the A-10 has taken a toll on the program’s NCAA Tournament hopes. The Wildcats went just 10-8 in A-10 play last season and had to settle for a trip to the NIT, where they suffered a first-round loss to Florida State. Davidson also lacked signature wins in the non-conference, so they were not a consideration for the Big Dance without a win in the conference tournament.
Everything for the Wildcats goes through Jack Gibbs. The senior isn’t a transcendent player like former Davidson standout Steph Curry, but he has averaged more than 23 points per game in each of the last two seasons. After struggling to find his shot early on, Gibbs went 8-for-14 from deep in the win over Mercer, so he may be starting to find his stride. As far as the supporting cast goes for Davidson, Peyton Aldridge is an excellent complement to Gibbs. He’s averaging 19.5 points per game this season. The Wildcats lost a really solid player in Brian Sullivan, who averaged more than 10 points per game in each of his seasons, so depth could be a bit of an ongoing problem. Boston College transfer Will Magarity has been brought along slowly with under 22 minutes per game, but he’ll feature prominently as the season goes on.
College of Charleston has had some interesting games this season. The Cougars are 5-3 and all but one of their games has ended with a margin of victory of greater than 10 points. They won by six over Navy, but have double-digit wins over The Citadel, Coastal Carolina, Boise State, and South Carolina Upstate. They have double-digit losses against UCF, Wake Forest, and Villanova. Last season, the Cougars missed out on all postseason play with a 17-14 record and an 8-10 mark in the Colonial. Charleston lost at Davidson 82-81 on November 21 for one of their three non-conference losses. The others came against Coastal Carolina and Miami.
Charleston is really having some offensive problems right now. The Cougars average just 63 points per game and they are shooting 38.5 percent from the floor. To make matters worse, they are shooting less than 27 percent from distance. The lack of shots means a lack of assists, so the Cougars have a 9-to-13 assist-to-turnover ratio. That will have to change as the season goes along. Jarrell Brantley has 13.3 points and 8.4 rebounds per game and he’s one of the few Cougars shooting it well from distance. Joe Chealey and Grant Riller have provided the secondary scoring with 13 and 10.6 points per game, respectively. Last year’s leading scorer, Canyon Barry, transferred to Florida for his senior season, so the Cougars have been trying to get comfortable with some different offensive options.
College Basketball Free Pick: Davidson Wildcats -5.5
College of Charleston is having so many problems scoring the basketball that it’s hard to see the Cougars keeping pace with Davidson. Even though Davidson’s scoring largely comes from two players, both are efficient scorers and should be able to have success against a team that is a little bit overmatched.