CAA foes will collide when the Charleston Cougars (15-13, 9-7 CAA) take on the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens (20-9, 10-6 CAA) at TD Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 27, 2020, and it can be seen on CBS Sports Network.
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The last time the Fightin’ Blue Hens played, they lost to the Hofstra Pride, 78-62. Delaware’s Justyn Mutts had a solid game, finishing with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Hofstra’s 0.333 free throw rate was their largest strength over Delaware, who had a rate of 0.119. The Pride’s mark was above their season average of 0.267, while the Fightin’ Blue Hens’ was below their season average of 0.237.
The Cougars are trying to rebound after their 68-55 loss to the UNCW Seahawks in their last contest. Grant Riller was the top scorer from either team with 19 points on 5-for-11 shooting. UNCW held the Cougars to an offensive rebounding percentage of 14.0 (below their season average of 23.6). Charleston, on the other hand, had a better free throw rate (0.203 vs. 0.121).
Charleston could put on a ball-control clinic in this contest. Charleston ranks 36th in the nation at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.6 percent), while Delaware forces the 54th-fewest turnovers (17.3 percent).
These two squads have already met once this season. The Cougars won 75-63. The Cougars dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a turnover percentage of 10.4 and an offensive rebounding percentage of 24.3. The Fightin’ Blue Hens were 17.1 and 17.1, respectively, for those same stats. Riller was the game’s leading scorer with 22 points.
Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens at Charleston Cougars Betting Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Charleston, ATS Winner – Charleston, O/U – Over
The Cougars average 21.8 three pointers per game, which ranks 151st in the NCAA. The Fightin’ Blue Hens rank 204th in three pointers allowed per game (22.9).
Delaware ranks 233rd in rebounds per game (33.5) while Charleston ranks 254th (32.9).
Charleston ranks 27th in steals allowed per game (5.1) while Delaware ranks 142nd (6.6).
The Fightin’ Blue Hens rank 140th in assists per game (13.2) while the Cougars rank 245th (10.9).
Delaware ranks 40th in blocks allowed per game (2.6) while Charleston ranks 104th (3.3).
The Cougars have been outscored by an average of 5.8 points in their last five games. On the season, Charleston has defeated opponents by an average of 2.2 points.
During their last five games, the Fightin’ Blue Hens have scored an average of 74.0 points per game (0.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 72.0 points per game (1.5 above their season average).