It will be a battle between CAA opponents when the Charleston Cougars (15-13, 9-7 CAA) welcome the Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens (20-9, 10-6 CAA) to TD Arena. The game will air on CBS Sports Network at 6 p.m. ET on Thursday, February 27, 2020.
Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens at Charleston Cougars ATS Prediction
In the Fightin’ Blue Hens’ last outing, they were topped by the Hofstra Pride, 78-62. Hofstra’s 0.333 free throw rate was their biggest 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. Justyn Mutts played well for Delaware, finishing with 14 points and 13 rebounds.
The Cougars lost to the UNCW Seahawks in their last outing, 68-55. UNCW’s 29.4 offensive rebounding percentage was their largest advantage over Charleston, who had a rate of 14.0. The Seahawks’ mark was above their season average of 24.5, while the Cougars’ was below their season average of 23.6. Charleston’s Grant Riller put together a good performance, leading both teams in scoring with 19 points on 5-for-11 shooting.
Charleston should be expected to protect the ball well in this contest. Charleston ranks 36th in the NCAA at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.6 percent), while Delaware forces the 54th-fewest turnovers (17.3 percent).
This is the second game of the season between these two teams. In the first, Riller scored a game-high 22 points and the Cougars beat the Fightin’ Blue Hens 75-63. He also recorded five rebounds. The Cougars had a much better turnover percentage (10.4 vs. 17.1) and had a much better offensive rebounding percentage (24.3 vs. 17.1).
Delaware Fightin’ Blue Hens vs. Charleston Cougars ATS Pick
College Basketball Pick: ATS Winner – Charleston, O/U – Over
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 rank 151st in three pointers attempted per game (21.8) while 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).
The Fightin’ Blue Hens’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 2.0, down from 3.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Cougars have scored an average of 60.4 points per game (9.4 below their season average) and allowed an average of 66.2 points per game (1.4 below their season average).