Charleston Cougars vs North Carolina Tar Heels Prediction, 11/25/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Charleston Cougars vs North Carolina Tar Heels
Date: Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Location: Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, NC
Odds/Point Spread: Charleston (+17)
The Charleston Cougars (17-14 last season) head to Dean Smith Center on Wednesday where they'll take on the North Carolina Tar Heels (14-19 last year). The spread on this game has North Carolina as 17-point favorites. The O/U has been set at 142.5.
The Charleston Cougars faced the Delaware Blue Hens and took a loss by a final of 79-67 in their last game of last season. Charleston ended the game having earned a 42.9% field goal percentage (24 out of 56) and buried 10 out of their 22 3-pointers. At the free throw line, the Cougars buried 9 of their 14 tries for a percentage of 64.3%. In terms of pulling down rebounds, they earned a total of 31 with 10 of them being on the offensive end. They also recorded 10 assists in this contest as well as getting 5 steals and 2 rejections. In regard to defending, Charleston allowed their opponent to shoot 42.9% from the floor by shooting 24 out of 56. Delaware doled out 11 assists and 7 steals in the game. Additionally, the Blue Hens had 26 rebounds (7 offensive, 19 defensive) and had 2 blocks. Delaware shot 81.0% from the free throw line by making 17 of their 21 tries. They buried 8 out of their 16 attempts from distance. Zep Jasper is someone who played a role in this game. He recorded 13 points on 4 out of 9 shooting. He was on the hardwood for 35 mins played and grabbed 3 rebounds. Jasper shot 44.4% from the field and also earned 2 dimes. Someone else that saw a lot of court time in the game for the Cougars was Grant Riller. He collected 3 rebounds and also totaled 4 dimes. He finished the game at 45.5% from the field in this game by shooting 10-of-22 (26 points). When all was said and done, Riller played 34 minutes.
Charleston will enter this matchup after finishing with a mark of 17-14 last season. They lost possession by turning the ball over 10.8 times per game and as a squad committed 16.9 personal fouls on a nightly basis. As a team Charleston pulled down 32.5 boards per contest and tallied 337 assists over the course of last year, which had them ranked 319th in the country in terms of passing the rock. The Cougars hit on 34.7% from downtown (237 of 683) and 76.1% from the free throw line. They had an average of 70.2 pts per game (207th in the nation) while shooting 44.0% from the floor. Defensively the Cougars forced 12.0 turnovers every game while drawing 17.1 fouls. They were 137th in D-1 in allowing assists to the opposition with 377 conceded throughout last year. The Cougars defense allowed a field goal percentage of 42.5% (741 of 1,745) and they surrendered 36.0 rebounds per game as a basketball team. They conceded 32.7% on 3-point attempts and they were ranked 141st in college basketball in points per game allowed (68.0).
The last time they took the hardwood, the North Carolina Tar Heels walked away from this one with a loss by a score of 81-53 when the played the Syracuse Orange. The Tar Heels pulled down 23 defensive rebounds and 10 offensive rebounds totaling 33 for the game. They also blocked 2 shots while getting 2 steals in the game. The Orange were called for 17 personal fouls for the contest which got the Tar Heels to the free throw line for a total of 13 tries. They were able to make 11 of the free throw tries for a percentage of 84.6%. When talking about shots from beyond the perimeter, North Carolina converted 2 of 16 tries (12.5%). When the final whistle was blown, the Tar Heels ended up going 20 out of 60 from the field which had them shooting 33.3%. The Tar Heels permitted the Orange to knock down 28 out of their 60 attempts from the field which had them shooting 46.7% for the game. They finished 33.3% from 3-point land by shooting 7 of 21 and finished the game at 18 out of 28 from the free throw line (64.3%). In regard to how they attacked the glass, North Carolina permitted Syracuse to grab 37 in total (10 offensive). Garrison Brooks ended up being a factor for the Tar Heels in this contest. He converted 7 of 14 for the contest giving him a field goal percentage of 50.0%, which got him 18 points. Brooks grabbed 4 rebounds in his 37 minutes and added 3 dimes in this contest. One more player that ended up playing a role for North Carolina was Cole Anthony. He walked away with 5 points in 37 minutes on the hardwood by going 2 of 10 shooting for the contest. Anthony ended the game having shot 20.0% from the field in addition to totaling 3 dimes and 4 rebounds.
North Carolina had a record of 14-19 last year. North Carolina had 2,383 points over the course of last year (72.2 per game) and they snagged 41.9 boards per game. As an offense the Tar Heels connected on 42.0% from the field, which ranked them 268th in the country. The Tar Heels committed 16.7 personal fouls every game and they connected on 68.2% from the free throw line. They earned an assist 14.3 times per contest (81st in college basketball) and they gave up possession 12.9 times per game. The Tar Heels were ranked 272nd in college basketball in PPG surrendered with 72.8. They were able to force 11.5 TO's per game and allowed teams to shoot 42.2% from the floor (133rd in college hoops). The North Carolina defense from outside the perimeter surrendered 33.6% from downtown (277 of 824) and opponents connected on 75.5% of their shots from the free throw line. They surrendered 13.8 assists and 34.3 rebounds per game, which ranked them 265th and 144th in college basketball.
Who will win tonight's college basketball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Charleston (+17)
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