The Sweet Sixteen is all set for next weekend, as the USC Trojans blew out the Kansas Jayhawks last night to wrap up the Round of 32. For all of the criticism that the Pac-12 receives, they are represented well in the Sweet Sixteen. Along with USC, the Pac-12 will have UCLA, Oregon, and Oregon State advancing to the next round. I would have to say that the Pac-12 is proving a lot of people wrong. Others are just living up to expectations, like Baylor, Michigan, and Gonzaga, who are all off to the Sweet Sixteen. If you think that the NCAA Tournament is the only college basketball that is going on at the moment, then you are certainly mistaken.
Everyone knows about the NCAA and NIT Tournament, but not everyone pays attention to the CBI Tournament. If you are a sports bettor and take your hobby seriously, though, it shouldn’t matter whether it’s a Final Four game or small time CBI matchup. Using smart money management and not betting over what your bankroll dictates should always be utilized regardless. There are two CBI games on the docket on Tuesday. These are the only college basketball games available on the board, as the NCAA Tournament is on a break until the start of the Sweet Sixteen.
In the first of two semifinal contests on Tuesday, the Stetson Hatters and Coastal Carolina Chanticleers meet at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach. The Ocean Center is primarily a facility used for conventions, but hosts sporting events as well. Stetson, representing the ASUN, is coming off a close 53-52 win over the Bowling Green Falcons of the MAC yesterday. The Liberty Flames dominated the ASUN this season, leaving Stetson way back in the hunt for a spot in the NCAA Tournament. The Hatters finished seventh in the ASUN with a record of 7-9. Now, they’re only a game away from going to the CBI Championship.
Stetson upset No. 2 Bellarmine, 73-70, in the first-round of the ASUN Tournament to advance to the semis where they were easily handled by a score of 77-64 against Liberty. That win over Bellarmine was a straight up win as a 10-point underdog. They were winners as 6.5-point underdogs against Bowling Green yesterday. Stetson goes in as 7-point underdogs against a quality Coastal Carolina team on Tuesday evening. Coastal Carolina has a 17-7 record on the season, and are coming off an impressive 93-82 win over a high-scoring Bryant team yesterday. It was a nice response after falling as a 5-point favorite against Appalachian State in the Sun Belt Tournament. Head below for our free Stetson vs. Coastal Carolina pick on March 23, 2021.
Stetson Hatters vs. Coastal Carolina Chanticleers CBI Tournament Betting Odds:
Stetson vs. Coastal Carolina Prediction:
Coastal Carolina had a productive season in the Sun Belt. It didn’t result in the ultimate goal of going to the NCAA Tournament, but a solid campaign with a record of 9-5 in the conference and 17-7 overall. They finished third in a wide open Sun Belt. If Stetson is interested in pulling off another upset, they might have to shoot better and score more points than they did against Bowling Green yesterday.
Netting 53 points against Coastal Carolina likely isn’t going to work. They can try to bully the Chanticleers with their defense, but it’s likely only going to be a success for so long on Tuesday evening. Coastal Carolina can score, and they can score in a hurry.
DeVante’ Jones is coming off a big performance for the Chanticleers, as he racked up 25 points and 9 rebounds. The 6’1” guard is not shy of getting his hands dirty and getting physical under the rim and finding rebounds, or pulling up from deep and hitting at a high clip. Jones is scoring an average of 20.3 points and 7.3 rebounds per game, along with 3 assists per game.
He’s shooting an impressive 48.9% from the field. To be averaging 7.3 rebounds per game at 6’1” is a reflection of his hard work. Jones is getting the attention of NBA scouts, and is essentially auditioning with every game left on his college schedule. He’s an under-the-radar type that does give off Fred VanVleet vibes.
Jones has helped catapult Coastal Carolina to 80.4 points per game for 22nd in the NCAA. They crash the boards offensively, something Stetson must be aware of this evening. The Chanticleers were second in the nation in offensive rebounding per game. The bad news for the Hatters is that Coastal Carolina can play defense as well. Coastal Carolina conceded an average of 66.8 points per game for 80th in the country.
The Hatters looked rusty offensively against Bowling Green on Monday. They scored 53 points and relied on their defense to edge the Falcons out by a point. Relying on the defense is not going to be an option against Jones and the Chanticleers. Stetson is scoring 72.3 points per game for 151st in the NCAA. If they notch around 70 points against Coastal Carolina, it’s likely not enough. Expect the Chanticleers to pull away for a 81-68 win in the CBI Tournament semifinal on Tuesday evening in Daytona.