Western Carolina Catamounts visit Tennessee Volunteers in college basketball clash
Western Carolina Catamounts vs Tennessee Volunteers Odds
The Tennessee Volunteers will be trying to slam the Western Carolina Catamounts on Friday when the teams tip off at Thompson-Boling Arena in college betting action.
The Catamounts will look to vanquish their hosts on Friday, as they are 5-4 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Volunteers are 4-3 ATS. Western Carolina is 2-3 against the total, while Tennessee is 3-3 versus the number.
The Catamounts were listed as 14-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Volunteers - Catamounts odds would favor the Volunteers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Tennessee is rated No. 60 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Western Carolina is at No. 125. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 73-66 win for the Volunteers.
How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tennessee's No. 252-ranked offense, averaging 64.1 PPG, against a Catamounts defense that ranks No. 289 at 73 PPG. The Volunteers field goal percentage has averaged 43.2% so far, less than the Catamounts marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.3% per game.
Comparing how these foes stack up statistically, Western Carolina owns the country's No. 257-rated mark, allowing 75.5 points per game on the highway. Tennessee, on the other hand, rates No. 194 in scoring at home.
Last time out for Western Carolina, they were an 81-68 loser as they battled Georgetown on the road. They covered in the match as a 18-point underdog. The Catamounts endured an 81-68 loss at the hands of the Hoyas on Saturday, despite a 24-point effort from Tom Tankelewicz at Verizon Center.
Last time out for Tennessee, they were a 78-62 winner as they battled Presbyterian at home. Tennessee got 18 points from Jarnell Stokes en route to a 78-62 victory over Presbyterian on Tuesday at Thompson-Boling Arena.
Western Carolina Catamounts Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Liberty are 1-1
After a loss are 5-5
Tennessee Volunteers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Xavier are 1-1
After a win are 6-4
A few Catamounts at Volunteers trends to consider:
Western Carolina is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Tennessee is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home
Tennessee is 15-6 SU in its last 21 games
Western Carolina home to Liberty, Monday, December 31
Tennessee home to Xavier, Saturday, December 29