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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Mountaineers over Bulldogs

The Citadel Bulldogs Appalachian State Mountaineers
4-20 February 06, 2014, 07:00 | Holmes Convocation Center 6-15



The college hoops wagering menu features a clash between Appalachian State and The Citadel on Thursday, with the host Mountaineers trying to win and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

The Mountaineers bring a 6-15 record (4-9 ATS) to this tilt against the 4-20 Bulldogs, who are 7-10 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have witnessed Appalachian State go 5-8 so far and the Bulldogs go 5-8-1.

View The Citadel Bulldogs vs Appalachian State Mountaineers Odds and Stats.

The Mountaineers were listed as -11-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Mountaineers rated this week at No. 226 and the Bulldogs sitting at No. 341.

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Last time out for The Citadel, they were a 62-43 loser as they battled Davidson on the road. They covered in the match as a 21.5-point underdog. Brian White scored 10 points in a futile effort to lead the Bulldogs to a win (they lost 62-43 to Davidson at Belk Arena on Saturday).

Last time out for Appalachian State, they were an 83-76 loser as they battled Elon at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 3-point underdog. The Mountaineers endured an 83-76 loss at the hands of the Phoenix on Saturday, despite a 19-point effort from Chris Burgess at Holmes Convocation Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Appalachian State's No. 152-ranked scoring average of 71.24 PPG, against a Bulldogs defense rated No. 229 and allowing 75.62 PPG. The Mountaineers FG% has averaged 42.26% to date this season, less than the Bulldogs shooters have managed so far (42.39% per game).

Next up:
The Citadel home to Wofford, Saturday, February 8th
Appalachian State at Western Carolina, Saturday, February 8th