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Brandon Hurley is back with his pick of the day for Friday's college basketball slate

Coastal Carolina Chanticleers vs. Troy Trojans

The mid major play of the day is the 13-6 (7-8 ATS) Coastal Carolina Chanticleers -6 on the road against the 10-14 (11-10 ATS) Troy Trojans. Both teams have been struggling. Coast Carolina comes into this contest winning 2 of their last 5 games. Troy has been worse winning 0 of their last 5 games. Back in January, Coastal Carolina played Troy twice at home. The Chanticleers won both games with scores of 90-81 and 70-65.

Coastal Carolina ranks 178th on offense and 181st on defense, per KenPom. Troy ranks 333rd on offense and 186th on defense. The Chanticleers should have no trouble scoring. Coastal Carolina ranks 77th in 3 point shooting % while Troy ranks 303rd defending the 3. Coastal Carolina ranks 145th in offense effective FG % while Troy 335th in that category. Coastal Carolina also holds an advantage on the glass. The Chanticleers average 43.1 rebounds a game while Troy averages 37.1 a game. Coastal Carolina ranks 9th in offensive rebounding, so I expect a plethora of second chance opportunities.

As noted, Coastal Carolina has statistical advantages everywhere. However, they have something to play for as well. The Chanticleers need two more wins to clinch the 2nd seed in the east division of the Sun Belt conference. Clinching this seed gives the Chanticleers a first round bye and puts them one step closer to winning the conference tournament. They only have two games left in the regular season, so I expect a laser focused effort from the Chanticleers Friday night. Look for do-it-all Junior Guard Devante’ Jones to have a big game and lead Coastal Carolina to a win and cover. Best of luck

The Pick: Coastal Carolina -6 @ -110

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NCAAB Expert Picks

Coastal Carolina -6 @ -110 (Click to bet)


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