Coastal Carolina vs. Texas-Arlington - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Coastal Carolina vs.  Texas-Arlington - 3/7/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (15-16) at Texas-Arlington Mavericks (14-17)

College Basketball: Saturday, March 7, 2020 at 3:00 pm (College Park Center)

The Line: Texas-Arlington Mavericks -5.5 -- Over/Under: 153 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (15-16, 8-12 CONF) and the UT Arlington Mavericks (14-17, 10-10 CONF) will meet on Saturday, March 7th for the 1st Round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament. The game will be played at College Park Center in Arlington, TX, and it is scheduled for a 3:00 PM eastern start time. 

Coastal Carolina ended its regular with a 108-101 road loss to Louisiana in their last game. Coastal Carolina allowing 108 points represents how their defense has struggled all season long, which will be something to look for in this game. UT Arlington finished the regular season with a 78-64 road win over Troy. UT Arlington has lost two of its last three games heading into this game. 

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Coastal Carolina scores 78.9 points per game on 45.3 percent field goal shooting this season. Coastal Carolina’s leading scorer is G DeVante Jones, who scores 16.6 points per game. The leading rebounder for Coastal Carolina is F Tommy Burton, who earns 7.5 rebounds per game. Coastal Carolina allows 77.0 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +1.9 scoring differential so far this season. Coastal Carolina also earns 40.2 rebounds, 13.7 assists, 2.8 blocks, and 7.7 steals per game as a team. 

UT Arlington scores 70.9 points per game on 41.7 percent field goal shooting this season. UT Arlington’s leading scorer is G David Azore, who scores 14.1 points per game. The leading rebounder for UT Arlington is F Jabari Narcis, who earns 6.6 rebounds per game. UT Arlington allows 68.6 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +2.3 scoring differential so far this season. UT Arlington also earns 37.2 rebounds, 15.0 assists, 2.8 blocks, and 5.9 steals per game as a team. 

Coastal Carolina is 12-17 against the spread this season and 4-6 against the spread in their last ten games. Coastal Carolina is also 5-7 against the spread on the road so far this season. UT Arlington is 14-13-2 against the spread this season and 5-5 against the spread in their last ten games. UT Arlington is also 6-7 against the spread at home so far this season.

These teams are polar opposites. Coastal Carolina can score very efficiently, however, their defense is atrocious. UT Arlington can defend well but at times their offense struggles. I have always believed that defense wins championships, and offense catches covers, therefore I will take a Coastal Carolina team that has already beaten this UT Arlington team twice this season, and I will snatch my 5.5 points. 

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Ronald’s Pick Coastal Carolina +5.5

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