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Bulldogs open as college hoops underdog vs Catamounts

Western Carolina CatamountsSamford Bulldogs
16-13March 01, 2014, 07:00 | Pete Hanna Center11-19

Western Carolina pays a visit to Samford on Saturday, hoping to send the Bulldogs to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Pete Hanna Center.

The Bulldogs sport a record of 11-19 and 9-13 ATS heading into this battle, while the Catamounts have 16-13 and 9-14 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 12-9 for the Bulldogs and 10-13 for the Catamounts.

View Western Carolina Catamounts vs Samford Bulldogs Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to go with the Bulldogs in this one found them listed as 3.5-point underdogs earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Saturday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Catamounts was expected to move the line.

The Bulldogs - Catamounts odds would favor the Catamounts if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Samford is rated No. 256 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Western Carolina is at No. 34.

Western Carolina lost its last outing, an 83-81 result against Chattanooga on February 27. They failed to cover in that game as a 7-point favorite. Western Carolina got 22 points from Brandon Boggs but lost anyway, 83-81, to Chattanooga on Thursday at Ramsey Center.

Samford was a 63-57 loser in their most recent outing at home against Appalachian State. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as favorites. Samford suffered a 63-57 loss against Appalachian State on Thursday, getting 20 points from Tim Williams in a losing effort at Pete Hanna Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Samford's No. 157-ranked scoring average of 70.33 PPG, against a Catamounts defense rated No. 183 and allowing 71.97 PPG. The Bulldogs FG% has averaged 47.22% to date this season, more than the Catamounts shooters have managed so far (42.33% per game).

A few Catamounts at Bulldogs trends to consider:
Western Carolina is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games
Western Carolina is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Western Carolina's last 7 games
Western Carolina is 5-12 SU in its last 17 games on the road
Samford is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Samford is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Samford's last 8 games
Samford is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games at home