Charleston Cougars vs. Auburn Tigers Betting Prediction

The No. 13 Charleston Cougars (26-7), 9.5-point underdogs, go head-to-head with the No. 4 Auburn Tigers (25-7) in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament at Viejas Arena at Aztec Bowl. The game’s Over/Under (O/U) has been set at 148 points and it gets underway at 7:27 p.m. ET on Friday, March 16, 2018.

Charleston Cougars vs. Auburn Tigers Betting Odds

In their last contest, the Tigers got blown out by the Alabama Crimson Tide, 81-63, while the Cougars defeated the Northeastern Huskies, 83-76.

The Cougars made 21 of their 22 free throws (95.5 percent), while the Huskies had a turnover percentage of 25.3 (above their season average of 17.8). Auburn, on the other hand, had a much better turnover percentage (12.2 vs. 18.7). Auburn’s DeSean Murray had a solid performance, recording 15 points and eight rebounds. Charleston received a boost from Joe Chealey, who contributed 32 points and five rebounds.

It might turn into a high-scoring affair as two of the nation’s top offenses face off. Auburn currently ranks 24th with 114.6 points per 100 possessions and Charleston is 40th (113.0). Additionally, the Cougars rank seventh in turnover percentage (14.5 percent), while the Tigers rank 52nd in opponents’ turnover percentage (21.0 percent).

Grant Riller has been excellent recently for Charleston, averaging 25.8 points over the last five games.

Charleston Cougars vs. Auburn Tigers Pick

Prediction: SU Winner – Auburn, ATS Winner – Charleston, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:
  • Auburn ranks 51st in rebounds per game (38.2) while Charleston ranks 263rd (33.0).
  • The Tigers rank 24th in three pointers attempted per game (26.6) while the Cougars rank 176th (21.2).
  • Auburn ranks 11th in blocks per game (5.4) while Charleston ranks 106th in blocks allowed per game (3.2).
  • The Tigers rank 38th in steals per game (7.4) while the Cougars rank 214th (5.2).
  • Auburn ranks 103rd in assists per game (14.4) while Charleston ranks 265th (11.4).

Bettings Trends:
  • During their last five games, the Cougars have scored an average of 83.0 points per game (7.9 above their season average) and allowed an average of 76.0 points per game (7.2 above their season average).
  • The Tigers have been outscored by an average of 1.0 point in their last five games. For the season, Auburn has defeated opponents by an average of 10.1 points.