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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Mountaineers underdogs vs Catamounts at Western Carolina

Appalachian State MountaineersWestern Carolina Catamounts
Dec 8, 4:30 PM | Ramsey Center

Appalachian State Mountaineers vs Western Carolina Catamounts Odds

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The Western Carolina Catamounts will be trying to slam the Appalachian State Mountaineers on Saturday when the teams tip off at Ramsey Center in college betting action.

Supporters of the Mountaineers have watched them go 1-6 and 4-0 ATS on the year, while the Catamounts are at 3-6 and 4-3 ATS. In totals betting, the Catamounts are 1-2, while the Mountaineers have a 0-2 mark.

View Appalachian State vs Western Carolina Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you were backing the visitors in this one, the Mountaineers were listed as 10-point underdogs earlier in the day at Bovada.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 163-ranked Catamounts and the No. 162-rated Mountaineers in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 74-68 win for the Catamounts on Saturday.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Mountaineers is ranked No. 168 in NCAA hoops at 35.4 per game. Contrast that with Western Carolina’s No. 197 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Western Carolina is the No. 59-ranked team in the country at 7.7 per game, while Appalachian State rates No. 98 at 7 per game.

Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Appalachian State owns the country's No. 335-rated mark, allowing 85.5 points per game on the highway. Western Carolina, on the other hand, rates No. 51 in scoring at home.

Appalachian State was a 72-56 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Missouri. They covered the 27-point spread as underdogs. Jay Canty went off for 29 points and added 6 rebounds but it wasn't enough as Missouri handed Appalachian State a 72-56 defeat at Mizzou Arena.

Western Carolina lost its last outing, a 72-64 result against Illinois on December 4. They covered in that game as a 18-point underdog. Preston Ross scored 17 points in a futile effort to lead the Catamounts to a win (they lost 72-64 to Illinois at University of Illinois Assembly Hall on Tuesday).

Appalachian State Mountaineers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
After a loss are 3-7

Western Carolina Catamounts Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
After playing Illinois are 1-0
After a loss are 4-6

A few Mountaineers at Catamounts trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Appalachian State's last 5 games when playing on the road against Western Carolina
Appalachian State is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games when playing on the road against Western Carolina
Appalachian State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Western Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Western Carolina's last 5 games when playing Appalachian State
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Western Carolina's last 5 games when playing at home against Appalachian State
Western Carolina is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games when playing at home against Appalachian State

Next up:
Appalachian State at UMKC, Sunday, December 16
Western Carolina at Georgetown, Saturday, December 15