UNC-Asheville (16-13) and Charleston Southern (5-23) square off in the first round of the Big South Tournament on Wednesday afternoon. UNC Asheville heads into this contest with some momentum after winning four of its last six games. The Buccaneers, meanwhile, enter Wednesday's contest having lost six straight. The Bulldogs have also dominated this series in recent years, winning eight of the last 10 meetings against Charleston Southern.
Tip-off is at 2 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists the Bulldogs as 11-point favorites, while the over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 137.5 in the latest Charleston Southern vs. UNC Asheville odds. Before you make any UNC Asheville vs. Charleston Southern picks and college basketball predictions, you need to see what SportsLine's advanced computer model has to say.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Charleston Southern vs. UNC Asheville, and just revealed its CBB picks and betting advice. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Here are several college basketball odds and betting lines for UNC Asheville vs. Charleston Southern:
- Charleston Southern vs. UNC Asheville spread: Bulldogs -11
- Charleston Southern vs. UNC Asheville over-under: 137.5 points
- Charleston Southern vs. UNC Asheville money line: Buccaneers +400, Bulldogs -550
- CHSO: The under is 5-1 in Buccaneers' last 6 neutral site games
- UNCA: The favorite is 10-1 ATS in the last 11 meetings
Why UNC Asheville can cover
Guard LJ Thorpe averages 13.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.6 assists per game for the Bulldogs. The Florida native has been playing great basketball over the past five weeks. In fact, Thorpe has scored 20 or more points in four of his last 10 games. In his last outing, he dropped 28 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and four steals.
Senior guard Tajion Jones is another scoring threat in the backcourt for the Bulldogs. Jones is logging 12.7 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. The Tennessee native has scored at least 15 points in 11 games so far this season. On Feb. 5 against High Point, Jones finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds, and two steals. He was efficient and shot 6-for-12 from the field and 4-for-7 from deep.
Why Charleston Southern can cover
Redshirt sophomore guard Tahlik Chavez averages a team-best 11.8 points, 3.1 rebounds, and one steal per game. Chavez will look to produce a solid offensive showcase on Wednesday. The Texas native finished with more than 14 points in nine games this season. To wrap up the regular season against Winthrop, he recorded 22 points, three assists, two steals, and shot 6-for-8 from deep.
Chavez spaces the floor for the Buccaneers and knocks down 37 percent of his attempts from 3-point range. Freshman guard Claudell Harris Jr. joins Chavez in the backcourt. Harris logs 10.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game. He scored in double figures in seven straight games. On Feb. 23 against Presbyterian, Harris had 18 points, seven rebounds, and two assists.
How to make UNC Asheville vs. Charleston Southern picks
SportsLine's model is leaning over on the total, projecting 141 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits in almost 60 percent of simulations. You can only see the model's pick at SportsLine.
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