Western Carolina Catamounts visit Appalachian State Mountaineers in NCAA Basketball wagering battle
Western Carolina Catamounts vs Appalachian State Mountaineers Odds
Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Saturday when the Appalachian State Mountaineers try to run the Western Carolina Catamounts off the court at Holmes Convocation Center in college hoops action.
The Mountaineers sport records of 8-12 and 10-5 ATS heading into this battle, while the Catamounts have 8-13 and 8-8-1 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 4-9 for the Mountaineers and 6-7 for the Catamounts.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Appalachian State sat as 1-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game puts the Mountaineers, most recently No. 250 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Catamounts, who rate No. 235 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 71-69 victory for the Catamounts.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Appalachian State's No. 102-ranked offense, averaging 71 PPG, against a Catamounts defense that ranks No. 262 at 70.2 PPG. The Mountaineers field goal percentage has averaged 42.2% so far, less than the Catamounts marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.2% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Western Carolina owns the country's No. 236-rated mark, allowing 72.5 points per game on the highway. Appalachian State, on the other hand, rates No. 134 in scoring at home.
In their last action, Western Carolina was a 72-66 loser at home against Georgia Southern. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as favorites. The Catamounts endured a 72-66 loss at the hands of the Eagles on Saturday, despite a 20-point effort from Tom Tankelewicz at Ramsey Center.
Last time out for Appalachian State, they were a 72-59 loser as they battled College of Charleston on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 12.5-point underdog. Tevin Baskin scored 16 points in a futile effort to lead the Mountaineers to a win (they lost 72-59 to College of Charleston at TD Arena on Wednesday).
Western Carolina Catamounts Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Davidson are 6-4
After playing Georgia Southern are 2-8
After a loss are 4-6
Appalachian State Mountaineers Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing Georgia Southern are 7-3
After playing College of Charleston are 6-4
After a loss are 3-7
A few Catamounts at Mountaineers trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Western Carolina's last 5 games when playing on the road against Appalachian State
Western Carolina is 6-1-1 ATS in its last 8 games on the road
Western Carolina is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games on the road
Western Carolina is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Appalachian State
Appalachian State is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Western Carolina
Appalachian State is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Appalachian State's last 5 games when playing at home against Western Carolina
Appalachian State is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games when playing Western Carolina
Western Carolina at Davidson, Thursday, February 7
Appalachian State at Georgia Southern, Thursday, February 7