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NCAAB · 22 days ago

Charleston Classic Preview: How to Watch St. John’s, Houston, LSU

David Connelly - SportsGrid

David Connelly - SportsGrid

Charleston Classic Preview: How to Watch St. John’s, Houston, LSU

Early-season tournaments are finally here in college basketball, and we’ve got you prepared for the start of the action this Thursday as the Charleston Classic tips at the TD Arena. Eight intriguing teams will battle it out for three days in South Carolina in the 15th edition of the tournament, with a champion set to be crowned on Saturday.

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Let’s take a look at each of the quarterfinal matchups, including tip times, television coverage, betting odds, and a brief preview of what to watch for:

How to Watch St. John’s vs. North Texas

  • TV: ESPNU | Streaming: ESPN App
  • Time: 1:30 p.m. ET  |  Location: TD Arena – Charleston, SC

St. John’s vs. North Texas FanDuel Odds

  • Spread: St. John’s -4.5 (-105) | North Texas +4.5 (-115)
  • Moneyline: St. John’s (-188) | North Texas (+155)
  • Total: OVER 137.5 (-110) | UNDER 137.5 (-110)

This is an intriguing litmus test for the Johnnies after looking quite vulnerable in their defeat to Michigan on Monday night. While this is a step down in competition, the Mean Green are a legitimate mid-major power that has given plenty of high-major programs scares in the past. With such a system-based style, the loss of both head coach Grant McCasland and star guard Tylor Perry isn’t as hurtful as one may think. Don’t be surprised if the Mean Green make this a game, as the shorter spread indicates.

How to Watch Dayton vs. LSU

  • TV: ESPN2 | Streaming: ESPN App
  • Time: 4:00 p.m. ET  |  Location: TD Arena – Charleston, SC

Dayton vs. LSU FanDuel Odds

  • Spread: Dayton +1.5 (-115) | LSU -1.5 (-105)
  • Moneyline: Dayton (-102) | LSU (-118)
  • Total: OVER 133.5 (-110) | UNDER 133.5 (-110)

LSU will enter with a sour taste in its mouth after not just losing but getting boatraced at home by Nicholls last Friday night. It’s brought their ranking much closer to Dayton’s within most metrics ahead of this matchup, while the books have this one as virtually a toss-up. Dayton’s DaRon Holmes may be the best player in the entire tournament, and he’ll be appointment television in all three of the Flyers’ matchups this week.

How to Watch #6 Houston vs. Towson

  • TV: ESPN2 | Streaming: ESPN App
  • Time: 6:30 p.m. ET  |  Location: TD Arena – Charleston, SC

#6 Houston vs. Towson FanDuel Odds

  • Spread: Houston -19.5 (-110) | Towson +19.5 (-110)
  • Moneyline: Houston (-4500) | Towson (+1600)
  • Total: OVER 126.5 (-114) | UNDER 126.5 (-106)

Houston enters this event as the overwhelming favorite, and they open with a matchup against a tricky Towson team that has always been known to put up a fight under head coach Pat Skerry. Both teams will feel largely comfortable keeping things within the halfcourt and at a snail’s pace in this one, making possessions a premium with such a low total. It’ll be a tall task to see if the Tigers can find a way to crack the dominant Cougars defense.

How to Watch Utah vs. Wake Forest

  • TV: ESPNU | Streaming: ESPN App
  • Time: 9:00 p.m. ET  |  Location: TD Arena – Charleston, SC

Utah vs. Wake Forest FanDuel Odds

  • Spread: Utah -3.5 (-110) | Wake Forest +3.5 (-110)
  • Moneyline: Utah (-166) | Wake Forest (+138)
  • Total: OVER 151.5 (-110) | UNDER 151.5 (-110)

Thursday’s nightcap is a power conference clash between two solid offenses. In the four games played thus far by these two teams, both have eclipsed the century mark, while neither have scored below 77 points in an outing. We’ll likely get eight upperclassmen in the starting lineups here, meaning we could see an exciting shootout between two experienced squads. The Demon Deacons will have to clamp up defensively if they want to pull off this upset.

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