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Catamounts open as college hoops underdog vs Hilltoppers

Western Carolina CatamountsWestern Kentucky Hilltoppers
Nov 17, 8:30 PM | EA Diddle Arena

Western Carolina Catamounts vs Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Odds

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EA Diddle Arena will host Western Kentucky Hilltoppers vs. Western Carolina Catamounts action on Saturday as both teams try to pay off for bettors in NCAA basketball betting action.

The Catamounts will look to vanquish their hosts on Saturday, as they are 1-0 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Hilltoppers are 2-0 ATS. Western Carolina is 0-0 against the total, while Western Kentucky is 0-0 versus the number.

View Western Carolina vs Western Kentucky Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Catamounts were listed as 8-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Hilltoppers at No. 180 and the Catamounts at No. 191 heading into this contest. Handicapping models at Odds Shark project a 77-69 result in favor of the Hilltoppers.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Western Kentucky's No. 188 nationally ranked offense (69 points per game) against a Catamounts defense that sits as the No. 267 at 72.7 PPG. The Hilltoppers have been averaging 37.4% from the field, less than the Catamounts have managed so far this season (44.9% on average).

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Western Carolina owns the country's No. 242-rated mark, allowing 75 points per game on the highway. Western Kentucky, on the other hand, rates No. 167 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Western Carolina, they were a 79-63 loser as they battled Wichita State on the road. They covered in the match as a 16.5-point underdog. Western Carolina got 18 points from Trey Sumler but lost anyway, 79-63, to Wichita State on Thursday at Charles Koch Arena.

Western Kentucky won its last outing, a 74-54 result against Austin Peay on November 13. They covered in that game as a 9.5-point favorite. The battle between the Hilltoppers and Governors didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Austin Peay was handed a 74-54 defeat on Tuesday at EA Diddle Arena.

Western Carolina Catamounts Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Austin Peay are 2-0
After playing Wichita State are 0-1
After a loss are 4-6

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
After playing Austin Peay are 4-2
After a win are 7-3

A few Catamounts at Hilltoppers trends to consider:
Western Carolina is 3-11 SU in its last 14 games on the road
Western Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Western Kentucky is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games

Next up:
Western Carolina home to Austin Peay, Tuesday, November 20
Western Kentucky home to Iowa, Tuesday, November 20