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Western Carolina Catamounts visit The Citadel Bulldogs in college basketball clash

Western Carolina CatamountsThe Citadel Bulldogs
Jan 5, 7:05 PM | McAlister Field House

Western Carolina Catamounts vs The Citadel Bulldogs Odds

4-9TEAM RECORD3-8

The visiting Western Carolina Catamounts hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at McAlister Field House against the The Citadel Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs sport records of 3-8 and 1-4-1 ATS heading into this battle, while the Catamounts have 4-9 and 5-4-1 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 3-2 for the Bulldogs and 2-4 for the Catamounts.

View Western Carolina vs The Citadel Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks (including Bovada) had the Bulldogs installed as 8.5-point underdogs in this particular matchup earlier in the day. Also, watch for the opening over-under value at TopBet.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 154-rated Western Carolina taking on the No. 335-rated Bulldogs in this contest. The scores prediction computer here indicates a possible 68-58 win for the Catamounts on Saturday.

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How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Catamounts is ranked No. 258 in NCAA hoops at 33.1 per game. Contrast that with The Citadel’s No. 302 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, The Citadel is the No. 226-ranked team in the country at 5.7 per game, while Western Carolina rates No. 84 at 7.2 per game.

Defensively, Western Carolina features the nation's No. 254-rated defense on the road, allowing 74.4 points per game. The Citadel, meanwhile, comes in at No. 143 nationally in scoring at home.

Western Carolina was a 63-62 loser in their most recent outing at home against Liberty. Trey Sumler scored 23 points in a futile effort to lead the Catamounts to a win (they lost 63-62 to Liberty at Ramsey Center on Monday).

In their last action, The Citadel was a 92-51 loser on the road against Clemson. They failed to cover the 22-point spread as underdogs. The Citadel was crushed on Tuesday, getting blown out by Clemson and falling by a 92-51 score at Littlejohn Coliseum.

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

The Citadel Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Chattanooga are 5-5
After playing Clemson are 3-1
After a loss are 2-8

A few Catamounts at Bulldogs trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Western Carolina's last 6 games when playing on the road against The Citadel
Western Carolina is 4-0-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Western Carolina is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games when playing on the road against The Citadel
Western Carolina is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against The Citadel
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of The Citadel's last 5 games when playing Western Carolina
The Citadel is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Western Carolina
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of The Citadel's last 6 games when playing at home against Western Carolina
The Citadel is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Western Carolina

Next up:
Western Carolina home to Warren Wilson, Monday, January 7
The Citadel home to Chattanooga, Thursday, January 10