Charleston vs. Colorado St Prediction

Can Charleston upset Colorado State in Round 1 of the NIT? 3/14/17

Can Charleston upset Colorado State in the first round of the NIT tonight at 9:00PM ET?

According to oddsmakers from online sports book Bovada.lv, the Rams are 4.5-point home favorites versus the Cougars after opening as a 3.5-point favorite. As for the total, the number hit the board at 136 and has been bet down to 135.

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Charleston has won seven of its last 10 games but is just 5-5 against the spread during that span. The Cougars finished the regular season with a 25-9 record, went 17-13 against the spread, and 10-4 against the number on the road this year.

Colorado State won eight of its last 10 games down the stretch and was 6-3-1 against the spread during that same timeframe. The Rams finished the regular season with a 23-11 record, went 18-9 at the betting window on the year, and 6-5 against the spread at home.

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OUR PREDICTION: The Cougars have covered the spread in five of their last six games coming off a loss and are 4-1 against the number in their last five non-conference games. They've also been a great bet to cover on the road, going 11-5 against the number in their last 16 road games. The Rams, meanwhile, are just 10-22-1 against the spread in their last 33 non-conference games and have dropped four of their last five games when playing the third game of a 3-in-5 days situation.

 

NIT FIRST-ROUND PREDICTION: CHARLESTON COUGARS +4.5

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