Charleston Cougars vs. Siena Saints Betting Prediction

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The Siena Saints (4-6) will be at home in the Times Union Center when they take on the Charleston Cougars (9-2). Action starts at 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday, December 18, 2018.

Charleston Cougars vs. Siena Saints ATS Odds

In their last outing, the Saints lost to the Providence Friars, 77-67, while the Cougars beat the Presbyterian Blue Hose, 85-73.

Charleston dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 50.0 and a turnover percentage of 8.9. Presbyterian was 23.5 and 14.3, respectively, for those same stats. Siena, meanwhile, had a better free throw rate (0.176 vs. 0.113). Evan Fisher played a pivotal role for Siena with 11 points and six rebounds. Meanwhile, Charleston rallied around Jarrell Brantley, who recorded 19 points and 14 rebounds.

The Cougars won the only contest between these two teams last year, 68-60. The Cougars’ turnover percentage was their largest advantage over the Saints. Charleston had a rate of 6.9, while Siena posted a mark of 26.6. This is the first time these teams will meet this year.

Brantley has been superb as of late for Charleston, averaging 0 points over the last five games.

Half-court execution will be of utmost importance when a pair of the NCAA’s slowest-paced teams face off. Siena ranks 348th in possessions per game (61.2) and Charleston is 292nd (67.6). Additionally, the Cougars are among the country’s elite at getting to the line, ranking 22nd in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.309). The Saints, however, rank 56th at keeping opponents off the charity stripe with an opponents’ FTA rate of 0.189.

Charleston Cougars vs. Siena Saints Betting Pick

Pick: SU Winner – Siena, ATS Winner – Siena, O/U – Under

Betting Notes:

  • Siena ranks 33rd in three pointers attempted per game (26.9) while Charleston ranks 181st (21.3).
  • The Cougars are 13th in the nation with 2.0 blocks allowed per game while the Saints are 32nd with 2.5 blocks allowed per game.
  • The Cougars rank 202nd in rebounds per game (33.9) while the Saints rank 263rd (28.7).
  • Siena is ninth in the nation with 4.5 steals allowed per game while Charleston is 58th with 5.6 steals allowed per game.

Bettings Trends:

  • During their last five games, the Saints have scored an average of 62.2 points per game (3.5 below their season average) and allowed an average of 66.6 points per game (6.2 below their season average).
  • The Cougars\u2019 average margin of victory in their last five games has been 0.4, down from 6.5 for the season.