CHARLESTON (-6.5) over Towson
The Cougars are finally coming back home. They haven’t played in TD Arena in a month. They’ve played five straight true road games and they went 4-1, only losing at LSU. They’ve been great defensively. They key for them in this game is keeping Towson off the offensive glass. Second-chance points and free throws are a huge part of the Tiger scoring. They’ll also need to limit Towson getting out in transition, which has been a strength of theirs. Charleston has the lowest steal rate in the country on offense, so you wouldn’t expect them to give Towson a bunch of easy turnover-for-touchdown opportunities.
MARSHALL (-3) over Old Dominion – 2u
A complete clash of styles. They’re at opposite ends of the tempo spectrum. One’s great at offense and terrible defensively and vice versa. Last year the tempo leaned more towards ODU’s style and Marshall still won both. The Herd will get some opportunities to get it going from outside, which is probably the weakest part of the Monarchs’ defense. The Herd also do a good job taking care of the basketball, which is key against ODU. Not giving them easy opportunities in transition makes their bad offense even worse. Biggest concern here for Marshall is keeping the Monarchs off the offensive glass.
WESTERN KENTUCKY (-5) over Charlotte
I’m just gonna keep riding the Hilltopper train. They’re getting better in every area.
Season: 42-36 (53.8%)