Davidson favored in Southern final
No. 1 Davidson defeated No. 4 Appalachian State 65-62 on Sunday and No. 3 College of Charleston defeated No. 2 Elon 68-60, setting the stage for a Southern Conference Tournament Championship Game between Davidson and Charleston Monday night.
All signs seem to point to Davidson in this one. The red-hot regular season conference champions have now won 16 straight games (9-7 ATS) and are 2-0 SU against College of Charleston this year with both wins by nine points or more.
Charleston is playing at a high level as well however with a 3-0 SU and ATS record over its last three games.
The Wildcats sport records of 25-7 and 15-15-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Cougars have 24-9 and 14-15 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 11-18-1 for the Wildcats and 13-12 for the Cougars.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Wildcats sit at No. 62 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Cougars sit at No. 71 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Wildcats will win this game 77-70.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Davidson has the nation's No. 42-rated offensive output, at 73.7 PPG. The visiting Cougars defense ranks No. 51 allowing on average 61.3 PPG. The Wildcats FG% has averaged 46% so far, more than the Cougars marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.4% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, College of Charleston owns the country's No. 23-rated mark, allowing 61.4 points per game on the highway. Davidson, on the other hand, rates No. 54 in scoring at home.
College of Charleston won its last outing, a 68-60 result against Elon on March 10. They covered in that game as a 3-point favorite. The Cougars got 19 points from Andrew Lawrence as College of Charleston ran past Elon 68-60 on Sunday at US Cellular Center.
Davidson won its last outing, a 65-62 result against Appalachian State on March 10. They failed to cover in that game as a 16-point favorite. The Wildcats got 17 points from Jake Cohen as Davidson ran past Appalachian State 65-62 on Sunday at US Cellular Center.