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Bulldogs open as college hoops underdog vs Catamounts

Samford BulldogsWestern Carolina Catamounts
Feb 23, 7:00 PM | Ramsey Center

Samford Bulldogs vs Western Carolina Catamounts Odds

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Ramsey Center features an NCAAB clash between the host Western Carolina Catamounts and the visiting Samford Bulldogs in college hoops action on Thursday.

Supporters of the Bulldogs have watched them go 11-16 and 11-9 ATS on the year, while the Catamounts are at 12-17 and 10-15 ATS. In totals betting, the Catamounts are 11-14, while the Bulldogs have a 9-11 mark.

View Samford vs Western Carolina Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with Western Carolina in this one will find them as 3.5-point favorites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Catamounts sit at No. 208 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Bulldogs sit at No. 272 on the same chart. The computers running our scores simulations have concluded that the Catamounts will win this game 68-65.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Western Carolina's No. 139 nationally ranked offense (69.6 points per game) against a Bulldogs defense that sits as the No. 224 at 68.6 PPG. The Catamounts have been averaging 41.5% from the field, less than the Bulldogs have managed so far this season (44.1% on average).

Defensively, Samford features the nation's No. 168-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.7 points per game. Western Carolina, meanwhile, comes in at No. 70 nationally in scoring at home.

In their last action, Samford was a 55-49 winner at home against Furman. They covered the 1-point spread as favorites. The Bulldogs grabbed a 55-49 win over the Paladins on Saturday, behind an 18 -point effort from Drew Windler at Pete Hanna Center.

Western Carolina won its last outing, a 78-76 result against Elon on February 18. They covered in that game as a 2.5-point underdog. Western Carolina earned a 78-76 victory over Elon on Saturday, getting 22 points from Trey Sumler at Alumni Gym.

Samford Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Chattanooga are 3-7
After playing Furman are 1-5
After a win are 4-6

Western Carolina Catamounts Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Appalachian State are 7-3
After playing Elon are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

A few Bulldogs at Catamounts trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Samford's last 6 games on the road
Samford is 5-16 SU in its last 21 games on the road
Western Carolina is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Samford
Western Carolina is 18-7 SU in its last 25 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Western Carolina's last 6 games when playing Samford
Western Carolina is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games

Next up:
Samford at Chattanooga, Saturday, February 25
Western Carolina home to Appalachian State, Saturday, February 25