Free NCAA Basketball Picks - Coastal Carolina vs Auburn

Joe Catalano

Thursday, December 15, 2016 7:31 PM UTC

Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 7:31 PM UTC

The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are coming off of 2 consecutive victories, but the opposition leaves a lot to be desired. If the Chanticleers are to be competitive tonight against Auburn, they must bring their "A Game". Is it even a possibility?


Coastal Carolina Chanticleers (5-6) vs. Auburn Tigers (6-2)


Shocking Loss To B.C at MSG

It's probably why Auburn is just an 11 1/2 point betting favorite in this matchup as Auburn suffered a terrible upset at the hands of the Boston College Eagles at Madison Square Garden in the Under Armour Reunion.

I must admit, I certainly thought that Auburn would dominate this matchup, but B.C. dominated the boards 49-32 and it showed in the outcome of the game as the Eagles converted on a tip-in with just two-tenths of a second on the clock to pick up the 72-71 victory.

The question here is how will Auburn react to an awful loss? This is a game in which they should win and cover the spread quite easily, but losing to B.C. at "America's Most Famous Arena" might have shaken the confidence of the Tigers. We will find out tonight.


Big Money Players

Freshman Danjel Purifoy (16.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3 assists, 1.5 steals) and Mustapha Heron (15.4 points, 6.5 rebounds) are the centerpiece for Auburn's squad and these first-year players have come up big on a regular basis. Look for Purifoy to come into the Coastal Carolina matchup with a chip on his shoulder. He delivered with 27 points and 5 rebounds in the loss to Boston College. Purifoy is a 40% shooter from beyond the arc and possesses great size. Don't expect the Chanticleers defense to contain him. 

For Coastal Carolina, leading scorer Elijah Wilson is coming off of an outstanding performance against NC Central. Wilson finished up with 22 points on 8 of 12 shooting from the field and 4 of 6 from 3-point range. The difference in tonight's matchup for the Chanticleers is that they're facing a much tougher opponent than their previous one.

For your NCAA basketball picks, look for Auburn to make a statement in this game as they were clearly embarrassed in their last game by the Eagles and lost to an inferior squad.


Free NCAAB Pick: Auburn -11 1/2 (-105) Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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