Coastal Carolina and UALR hit the hardwood for a SunBelt conference clash. The Chanticleers and the Trojans have had modest seasons, but have largely been filled with Power 5 opponents in their non-conference schedule.
Coastal Carolina a Tough Out
The Chanticleers have proven themselves to be one of the toughest teams in the Sun Belt Conference this season. 7 of their 8 wins on the year have come by 6 points or less, including 6-point losses to Northern Kentucky and South Carolina (also 2-pt loss to UTA and 4-pt loss to Texas State): a.k.a stout defensive teams with enough offense to make you pay.
Coastal boasts a very deep roster on the offensive end with 7 players outside of leading scorer Zac Cuthbertson (19.2 PPG, 8.5 RPG) average greater than 6.0 PPG. The Chanticleers are dangerous from the outside, as they rank 10th in 3-pt FG %, and have the best defense in the conference.
Little Rock is an Enigma
The Trojans have played a very tough non-conference schedule and all on the road. Losses to Nevada, Tulsa, Memphis and Georgetown have prepared this team for the riggers of conference play. Unfortunately, that has resulted in the injury bug coming around for this team. UALR has only 4 players on the roster play in all 19 of the team’s games this season. Fortunately for them, it appears that some of those have resolved.
The Trojans have also been very inconsistent in their production. When they’ve had the chance to play in front of their home crowd, they have done well. However, this team either blows opponents out (not strong teams) or gets blown out themselves. UALR has scored the ball efficiently but typically allows their opponents an equal amount of quality looks.
Chanticleers: 4-0 ATS, 6-1 ATS following SU win
While UALR is getting healthy and is favored at home, I can’t back the inconsistency of the Trojans. I feel much more comfortable with the visiting Chanticleers staying tight in this game and pulling out a win. Take the points for good measure.
4* Coastal Carolina +2