Spartans open as college hoops underdog vs Catamounts

UNC Greensboro SpartansWestern Carolina Catamounts
Jan 12, 2:00 PM | Ramsey Center

UNC Greensboro Spartans vs Western Carolina Catamounts Odds

3-10TEAM RECORD6-9

The Western Carolina Catamounts will hit the floor running against the visiting UNC Greensboro Spartans Saturday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

This season, the Catamounts are 6-9 overall and 6-4-1 ATS ATS, while the Spartans are 3-10 and 3-6 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Western Carolina boasts a 2-5 on the OU, and UNC Greensboro is 1-5.

View UNC Greensboro vs Western Carolina Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to go with the Catamounts in this one found them listed as 8.5-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Monday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Spartans was expected to move the line.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Catamounts sit at No. 191 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Spartans sit at No. 227 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Catamounts will win this game 74-70.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Western Carolina has the nation's No. 123-rated offensive output, at 70.3 PPG. The visiting Spartans defense ranks No. 344 allowing on average 78.9 PPG. The Catamounts FG% has averaged 43.8% so far, more than the Spartans marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.6% per game.

Defensively, UNC Greensboro features the nation's No. 341-rated defense on the road, allowing 83.8 points per game. Western Carolina, meanwhile, comes in at No. 114 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, UNC Greensboro was an 86-47 winner at home against Lees-McRaw College. UNC Greensboro cruised to victory on Wednesday, running Lees-McRaw College out of the gym and running up an 86-47 score at Greensboro Coliseum.

Western Carolina won its last outing, a 78-53 result against Warren Wilson on January 7. The battle between the Catamounts and Owls didn’t turn out to be much of a battle at all as Warren Wilson was handed a 78-53 defeat on Monday at Ramsey Center.

UNC Greensboro Spartans Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Appalachian State are 3-7
After a win are 5-5

Western Carolina Catamounts Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Elon are 6-4
After playing Warren Wilson are 0-1
After a win are 6-4

A few Spartans at Catamounts trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of UNC Greensboro's last 6 games when playing on the road against Western Carolina
UNC Greensboro is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
UNC Greensboro is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Western Carolina
Western Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against UNC Greensboro
Western Carolina is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing UNC Greensboro
Western Carolina is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Western Carolina's last 6 games when playing at home against UNC Greensboro

Next up:
UNC Greensboro at Appalachian State, Monday, January 14
Western Carolina home to Elon, Monday, January 14