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Western Carolina Catamounts vs Shockers College Hoops Game Preview

Western Carolina CatamountsWichita State Shockers
Nov 15, 8:00 PM | Charles Koch Arena

Western Carolina Catamounts vs Wichita State Shockers Odds

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The visiting Western Carolina Catamounts hope to send their backers to the pay window on Thursday as they look to cover the spread at Charles Koch Arena against the Wichita State Shockers.

Wichita State battles the Catamounts, currently sitting with a 1-1 mark (0-0 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 0-1 for the Shockers and 0-0 for the Catamounts.

View Western Carolina vs Wichita State Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 19-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
It's a betting matchup between the No. 3-rated Shockers and the No. 191-ranked Catamounts, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark. Prediction formulas run on this game indicate a possible 76-74 result in favor of the Shockers.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Wichita State's No. 264 nationally ranked offense (62 points per game) against a Catamounts defense that sits as the No. 234 at 69.5 PPG. The Shockers have been averaging 39.8% from the field, less than the Catamounts have managed so far this season (45.7% on average).

Defensively, Western Carolina features the nation's No. 223-rated defense on the road, allowing 71 points per game. Wichita State, meanwhile, comes in at No. 181 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Western Carolina was a 95-68 winner at home against Mars Hill. The Catamounts blew out Mars Hill on Sunday, running up a 20+ point victory in a 95-68 win at Ramsey Center.

In their last action, Wichita State was a 53-51 winner on the road against Virginia Commonwealth. They covered the 9-point spread as underdogs. Cleanthony Early scored 13 points leading the Shockers to a 53-51 victory over Virginia Commonwealth at Siegel Center on Tuesday.

Western Carolina Catamounts Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

Wichita State Shockers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
After playing Virginia Commonwealth are 2-0
After a win are 9-1

A few Catamounts at Shockers trends to consider:
Western Carolina is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games on the road
Wichita State is 19-3 SU in its last 22 games
Wichita State is 19-3 SU in its last 22 games at home

Next up:
Western Carolina at Western Kentucky, Saturday, November 17
Wichita State home to Howard, Saturday, November 17