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Mountaineers open as college hoops underdog vs Cougars

Appalachian State MountaineersCollege of Charleston Cougars
March 2, 11:30 AM | U.S. Cellular Arena

Appalachian State Mountaineers vs College of Charleston Cougars Odds

12-17TEAM RECORD19-11

The College of Charleston Cougars host Appalachian State on Friday, looking to build on their 19-11 mark against the 12-17 Mountaineers in college hoops action at U.S. Cellular Arena.

It's a game in the Southern Tournament, which will decide the conference title, not to mention deciding which teams make the Field of 68. This game is being played at a neutral-site court (U.S. Cellular Arena).

The Cougars currently sports a 19-11 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 12-15 ATS. The Mountaineers are 12-17 and 13-10-1 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Cougars produce a 10-16-1 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Mountaineers have gone 14-10 against the number.

View Appalachian State vs College of Charleston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
College of Charleston opened as 6.5-point favorites in this College Basketball tilt.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Cougars - Mountaineers odds would favor the Cougars if the lines were set according to our power ranks. College of Charleston is rated No. 70 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Appalachian State is at No. 174. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 72-67 win for the Cougars.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up College of Charleston's No. 117 nationally ranked offense (70.3 points per game) against a Mountaineers defense that sits as the No. 253 at 70 PPG. The Cougars have been averaging 42.6% from the field, less than the Mountaineers have managed so far this season (44% on average).

Defensively, Appalachian State features the nation's No. 283-rated defense on the road, allowing 74.4 points per game. College of Charleston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 173 nationally in scoring at home.

Appalachian State was an 83-75 loser in its last match on the road against Western Carolina. They failed to cover the 4-point spread as underdogs. The Mountaineers got 15 points from Andre Williamson, but it was Western Carolina that prevailed in an 83-75 final on Saturday at Ramsey Center.

Last time out for College of Charleston, they were a 55-47 winner as they battled The Citadel on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 10-point favorite. College of Charleston earned a 55-47 victory over The Citadel on Saturday, getting 12 points from Antwaine Wiggins at McAlister Field House.

Appalachian State Mountaineers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
After playing Western Carolina are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4

College of Charleston Cougars Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
After playing The Citadel are 9-1
After a win are 4-6

A few Mountaineers at Cougars trends to consider:
College of Charleston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of College of Charleston's last 5 games when playing Appalachian State
College of Charleston is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing Appalachian State
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of College of Charleston's last 7 games

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