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).