The UNCW Seahawks (6-15, 1-7 CAA) can end a seven-game road losing streak when they clash against the Charleston Cougars (12-8, 6-2 CAA) at TD Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 25, 2020.
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In the Seahawks’ last contest, they edged the Northeastern Huskies, 76-74. With 16 points, 10 rebounds and six assists, UNCW’s Mike Okauru had a solid game. The Seahawks had a superb effective field goal percentage of 0.553 (above their season average of 0.494) and had a free throw rate of 0.228 (above their season average of 0.205).
The Cougars hope to keep it rolling after narrowly defeating the Hofstra Pride in their last matchup, 69-67. Charleston was lifted by Grant Riller, who put up 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists. Charleston played a nearly flawless game. They had an absurd offensive rebounding percentage of 34.3 (above their season average of 24.4) and a free throw rate of 0.186 (matching their season average). Hofstra had marks of 15.4 and 0.135, respectively, for those same stats.
There’s a decent chance that UNCW struggles to create turnovers. Charleston ranks 57th in the NCAA at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 17.3 percent), while UNCW forces the 186th-most turnovers (19.4 percent).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Cougars won both contests played against each other last season. In the most recent game, Charleston won 70-61. The Cougars played a nearly flawless game. They had an effective field goal percentage of 0.474 and a great free throw rate of 0.259. The Seahawks were 0.341 and 0.203, respectively, for those same stats.
UNCW Seahawks at Charleston Cougars Prediction
Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Charleston, ATS Winner – Charleston, O/U – Under
The Seahawks rank 199th in rebounds per game (34.5) while the Cougars rank 228th (33.7).
Charleston ranks 41st in steals allowed per game (5.5) while UNCW ranks 126th (6.6).
The Seahawks rank 41st in blocks allowed per game (2.7) while the Cougars rank 118th (3.7).
UNCW ranks 159th in assists per game (12.6) while Charleston ranks 225th (10.8).
The Cougars’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.4, down from 3.2 for the season.
During their last five games, the Seahawks have scored an average of 64.6 points per game (5.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 72.6 points per game (0.2 above their season average).