We are back on the college basketball grind on Monday with a modest slate of action. There is only one ranked team in play, with the No. 9 West Virginia Mountaineers travelling to Oklahoma State for what could be a tricky assignment against the Cowboys. That’s not a game for Oklahoma State to take lightly for the Mountaineers. We see visiting teams take their opponents lightly often.
While the atmosphere on the road isn’t the same, travelling during a pandemic with all of the precautions and protocols can be a drain. That’s essentially where the home court advantage comes into play. We backed Minnesota yesterday, and happily watched as Ohio State didn’t care to be in Minneapolis on Sunday. The UNDER between the Houston Cougars and SMU Mustangs held on as well for a 2-0 sweep.
As has been the case often this season, there are more postponements to note. Six games are currently pushed back in the NCAA. There certainly could be more added to that list deeper into Monday afternoon. No big time matchups are on the board, but we do have basketball from the morning until late the west coast. The Winthrop Eagles and Charleston Southern Buccaneers aren’t going to garner the most attention on Monday, but it’s hopefully a spot where we can cash.
Charleston Southern hosts Winthrop in a Big South Conference showdown at 4:00 p.m. EST. Winthrop is thinking NCAA Tournament thanks to their hot start. The Eagles are coming off a dominant 94-76 win over the Campbell Fighting Camels on New Year’s Eve to remain undefeated at 7-0 on the season. Winthrop has been by far the best team in the Big South, as they hold a big advantage over a bunch of fairly poor teams.
In fact, no other team has an overall record above .500 in the conference. Charles Southern is just looking for something positive on Monday. If they can make this a competitive game, then mission accomplished against the Eagles. The Buccaneers have struggled mightily, and own an overall record of 1-5 and 0-2 in the conference. A home date against the Eagles might help with that. Head below for our free Winthrop vs. Charles Southern pick on January 4, 2021.
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Charles Southern’s lone win came against the Carver Cougars on December 8 by a score of 94-59. When your only win six games into the season is against a team from a conference smaller than the Big South, then there could be some problems. Charles Southern opened the season on December 1 against a worthy opponent from the ACC, NC State.
That didn’t go well, as NC State blew them out of the gym by a score of 95-61. The season hasn’t gone much better for Charles Southern since then. They’re coming off two losses against Hampton, 67-55 and 70-68. Hampton is 4-5 on the season, so playing a competitive game against Hampton isn’t too impressive.
Charles Southern has netted an average of 65.2 points per game for 297th in the NCAA. If they didn’t play Carver, then that number would look a lot smaller than 65.2 points a game. The 94 points they scored against Carver is the only outing the Buccaneers recorded more than 70 points in a game.
Their defense hasn’t been much more productive either, as they’ve conceded 75.1 points per game for 272nd in the country. That is not going to get it done. Their best chance of staying close in this one is to likely pray on Winthrop taking this game off. It could happen on the road, but the Eagles haven’t had a spot like that yet. The Eagles have been on fire offensively, with a total of 88.9 points per game.
That’s good for the top-10 in the NCAA. They are shooting the heck out of the ball, having connected from the field at a 49.8% clip. Winthrop has scored an average of 93.4 points a game in their last five outings. In their most recent meeting against Charles Southern, the Eagles were 77-60 winners on January 30, 2020. I can see something similar this time around. That would give Winthrop the cover on the road Monday in Charleston.