Charleston vs. San Diego State pick
Thursday afternoon’s NCAA tournament roster features an intriguing matchup between five-seed San Diego State and twelve-seed Charleston. Both teams have won their respective conference tournaments and have a very exciting game ahead of them. But only those trendy mid-major rosters will advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament if this Charleston-San Diego State duel is on the books.
Charleston vs San Diego State Betting Tip
This game will be played at the Amway Center on Thursday, March 16, 2023 at 3:10 PM ET.
Why bet on Charleston:
✅ Charleston’s offense is better than most San Diego State’s defense has seen in Mountain West. While there are concerns about Charleston’s ability to handle Aztec physicality, the Cougars’ offense should make up for it.
✅ Going into this game on a 10-game winning streak, the Cougars are one of the hottest teams in all of college basketball. With recent victories over Towson and UNC Wilmington, this series hasn’t come against all the weak either.
Charleston Cougars: A Trendy Angry Choice
The Charleston Cougars enter the NCAA tournament with an impressive overall record of 31-3. They’ve lost just two conference games in the CAA this season, their only other loss coming to North Carolina. Here, the Cougars will aim to pull off a 12-for-5 upset with a win over the San Diego State Aztecs in Orlando.
Working in Charleston’s favor in this game is their tremendous scoring depth. They have five players who are averaging double figures this season, including the over-talented Ante Brzovic, who is averaging 11.6 points and 5.9 rebounds per game. This team is averaging just over 80 points per game and need to find a way to look good against a stubborn Aztec defense.
San Diego State Aztecs: Can They Score Enough Goals?
The San Diego State Aztecs won the Mountain West Championship, defeating Utah State in a hard-fought championship game. The Aztecs gave up only 57 points in this game, so their 62 points were enough for a win. But that might not be enough to win against a team with the offensive prowess of the Charleston Cougars.
San Diego State has just one double-digit roster this season in Matt Bradley, who is averaging 12.9 points per game for the year. The Aztecs are really spreading things offensively, but the question will be who will make the big shots needed in this game. The lack of a true top scorer in this game could be costly for SDSU.
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