The Charleston Cougars and Siena Saints will clash at TD Arena to begin their seasons. Charleston opened as an 18-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 140 points. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Friday, November 10, 2017.
Siena Saints vs. Charleston Cougars Betting Preview
Neither team made the tournament last season. Charleston went 25-9 in the regular season while Siena finished 17-17.
Charleston should be expected to protect the ball well in this contest. In the 2016-17 season, Charleston ranked 24th in the nation at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.0 percent), while Siena forced the 82nd-fewest turnovers (17.3 percent). Additionally, the Saints ranked 56th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.284), while the Cougars ranked 57th in opponents’ FTA rate (0.209).
The Saints were 17-17 straight up (SU) last season, but were just 15-12-1 against the spread (ATS). Siena games went over the projected point total 46.4 percent of the time.
On the other side, the Cougars were 25-9 SU and 17-14-1 ATS last season. Of Charleston’s 32 games that accepted bets last season, 19 finished over the O/U total.
Siena Saints vs. Charleston Cougars Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Charleston, ATS Winner – Siena, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Cougars rank 235th in three pointers attempted per game (19.1) while the Saints rank 306th (16.7).
- Siena averages 4.1 blocks per game, which ranks 71st in the NCAA. Charleston ranks 123rd in blocks allowed per game (3.3).
- Charleston ranks third in steals allowed per game (3.9) while Siena ranks 178th (6.5).
- The Saints rank 67th in rebounds per game (37.8) while the Cougars rank 235th (34.1).