Game Time: 7:00 pm ET, Thursday, March 31, 2022
Venue: HTC Recreation & Convocation Center, Conway, SC
Where to Watch: ESPN+
Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks
DraftKings: Point Spread: Fresno -3, CCU +3; Over/Under: 125 points
Bet365: Point Spread: Fresno -3, CCU +3; Over/Under: 125 points
BetMGM: Point Spread: Fresno -3, CCU +3; Over/Under: 125 points
Fresno State Bulldogs: 22-13 (6th place, MWC)
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers: 19-13 (7th place, Sun Belt)
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Fresno State Bulldogs vs Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Preview and Analysis
Fresno State Bulldogs: 4-1 last 5
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers: 4-1 last 5
Fresno State Bulldogs Analysis
Fresno State is coming into this game with a 22-13 record overall and they are 5-8 in their road games this season where they will be in this game. They have won 4 of their last 5 games and are coming into this one on a 3 game winning streak. Their last loss was against the San Diego State Aztecs while their 4 wins in that span came against the San Jose State Spartans, the Eastern Washington Eagles, the Youngstown State Penguins, and the Southern Utah Thunderbirds in their last game. Orlando Robinson led the team in points in that game with 20 while Jordan Campbell was next on the team with 11 points. Isaiah Hill led the team in assists in that game with 7 while Robinson and Braxton Meah off the bench both led the team in rebounds with 7 each. They were 50% from the field, 52.4% from 3-point range, and 33.3% from the free throw line with their shots in that game. Their offense is averaging 65.7 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 59 PPG against them. Fresno State has an ATS record of 18-15-1 this season and their O/U record is 15-19.
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Analysis
CCU is coming into this game with a 19-13 record overall and they are 13-6 in their home games this season where they will be in this game. They have won 6 of their last 7 games and are coming into this one on a 3 game winning streak. Their last loss was against the Georgia Southern Eagles while their 6 wins in that span came against the Troy Trojans, the Arkansas State Red Wolves, the Little Rock Trojans, the Maryland Eastern Shore Hawks, the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles, and the South Alabama Jaguars in their last game. Rudi Williams led the team in points in that game with 17 while Vince Cole was next on the team with 16 points. Essam Mostafa off the bench led the team in assists in that game with 4 while Ebrima Dibba led the team in rebounds with 10. They were 47.5% from the field, 37.5% from 3-point range, and 66.7% from the free throw line with their shooting in that game. Their offense is averaging 72.8 PPG and their defense is allowing their opponents to average 64.7 PPG against them. CCU has an ATS record of 16-12 this season and their O/U record is 13-15.
Fresno State vs Coastal Carolina Prediction
Fresno State is coming into this game as a 3 point favorite with the current betting odds according to Draftkings Sportsbook. Fresno State has been playing very well recently with 4 wins in their last 5 games and they have won 3 straight coming into this one. They have been smashing opponents in this tourney as well as they have won 2 of their last 3 games by 9 points and are coming off of a game that they won by close to 20 points. Their defense was outstanding in that game, holding SUU to under 50 points. They have not played well on the road this season where they will be in this game but their players are very happy to have a chance of bringing home a postseason title and they will be very prepared for this game. They are going up against a CCU team that has also won 3 straight games but against much weaker opponents and they are coming off of a game where they barely made it by with a 1 point win on the road against USA. They have had a much easier road to this game in this tourney than Fresno State has had and they have not played opponents as strong as Fresno State has played all season long. Fresno State will be determined to bring home the title in this game and they should cover the spread here.
Fresno State Coastal Carolina Prediction: Our NCAAB Pick for Thursday, March 31, 2022 (7:00 pm ET start time) is Fresno 71 CCU 56.
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NCAAB Betting Trends
Fresno State Bulldogs: 9-15 ATS after allowing 60 points or less. 13-8 UNDER as a favorite. 14-4 UNDER after playing 2 consecutive games as favorite.
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers: 10-5 ATS after playing a game as an underdog. 10-3 UNDER as a home underdog of 6 points or less or pick. 16-10 UNDER off a win against a conference rival.
Fresno State Bulldogs: A. Holland (G) Ques Thurs - Hamstring injury. J. Ballard (G) Out indefinitely - Undisclosed injury. J. Baker (G) out for season - Knee injury.
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers: None.
"After the Mountain West Tournament we all thought it was over. So this gave us an opportunity to play together and to really show people what we got." - Jordan Campbell on getting to play in the finals of this tourney.
"You also saw a little maturity tonight that was a really good offensive team and our defense - I haven't seen it better in the first half." - Justin Hutson on his team’s win against South Alabama in the last round.
Fresno State Bulldogs
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
Fresno State Bulldogs
PPG: O. Robinson (19.2)
APG: I. Hill (3.1)
Reb/G: O. Robinson (8.2)
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers
PPG: V. Cole (15.4)
APG: E. Dibba (5.7)
Reb/G: E. Mostafa (9.4)
Fresno State Bulldogs: Justin Hutson (4th season)
Coastal Carolina Chanticleers: Cliff Ellis (15th season)