Chattanooga vs. Wofford - 3/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chattanooga vs. Wofford - 3/8/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Michael Shroyer-USA TODAY Sports

Wofford Terriers (18-15) at Chattanooga Mocs (20-12)

College Basketball: Sunday, March 8, 2020 at 6:30 pm (Harrah's Cherokee Center)

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The Wofford Terriers and Chattanooga Mocs will square off at the Harrah’s Cherokee Center in the Semifinals of the SOCON Men’s Championship this Sunday night.

The 7-seed Wofford Terriers kept their NCAA dreams alive after upsetting the 2-seed Furman Paladins, 77-68, last night. Wofford was outstanding offensively and on the boards agianst Furman and was able to pull away late after a 6-0 run gave the Terriers a 74-62 lead with just :28 seconds left in regulation. Wofford shot 48.0% from the field, 40.9% from beyond the arc, and outrebounded Furman by a 40-24 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Terriers was Chevez Goodwin who had 19 points, 9 rebounds, and an assist.

On the season, Wofford is averaging 72.5 ppg on 46.0% shooting from the field. The Terriers are averaging 9.7 three-pointers per game on 35.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Wofford has been led by Nathan Hoover (15.1 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.5 apg), Storm Murphy (11.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 3.4 apg), and Chevez Goodwin (11.8 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 1.0 bpg).

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Defensively, Wofford is allowing their opponents to average 68.4 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Terriers have a rebound margin of 0.5 and a turnover margin of 0.2.

The 6-seed Chattanooga Mocs also pulled off an upset in the quarterfinals after defeating the 3-seed UNC-Greensboro Spartans, 78-68, last night. Chattanooga trailed by a 42-35 at halftime, however, dominated the Spartans on both ends of the court in the 2nd half and was able to hold off the Spartans after taking a 69-59 lead with 5:03 left in regulation. Chattanooga shot 53.7% from the field and outrebounded UNC-Greensboro by a 40-31 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Mocs was Ramon Vila who had a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds.

On the season, Chattanooga is averaging 73.1 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Mocs are averaging 8.5 three-pointers per game on 35.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Chattanooga has been led by Matt Ryan (15.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.9 apg), Ramon Vila (13.2 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.3 apg), and David Jean-Baptiste (12.9 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.0 spg).

Defensively, Chattanooga is allowing their opponents to average 68.4 ppg on 44.5% shooting from the field. The Mocs have a rebound margin of 2.4 and a turnover margin of -0.2.

The Terriers are 4-6 ATS in their last 10 games and 13-16-2 ATS on the season. The Mocs are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games and 19-10-1 ATS on the season.

Wofford comes into this game ranked 132nd in scoring offense, 56th in FG%, and 151st in scoring defense.

Chattanooga comes into this match-up ranked 115th in scoring offense, 89th in FG%, and 152nd in scoring defense.

Chattanooga has been often forgotten this season when it comes to the Southern Conference as many people generally talk about ETSU, Furman, UNCG, and Wofford, however, the Mocs are a dangerous team that are solid on both ends of the court. Wofford picked up a nice victory against Furman, however, the Terriers are the same team we’ve seen in recent years, and came into the SOCON Tournament riding a 7-game losing streak. Chattanooga took care of business in both match-ups against Wofford this season with their average victory coming at 10 ppg, and as I think their offense will be able to put up some points against the below average Wofford defense, I’m initially leaning towards taking Chattanooga who should at worse be favored by a few points once the line is released.

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