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College Basketball Matchup - Western Carolina Catamounts Samford Bulldogs Odds Preview

Samford BulldogsWestern Carolina Catamounts
March 2, 4:30 PM | Ramsey Center

Samford Bulldogs vs Western Carolina Catamounts Odds

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A key college battle sees the visiting Samford Bulldogs travelling to Western Carolina Saturday to take on the Catamounts.

The Catamounts sit at 12-18 (13-12-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Bulldogs are currently 11-19 (17-8-1 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Western Carolina is 10-12 OU, and Samford is 8-12-1 OU.

View Samford vs Western Carolina Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 6-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:
This game puts the Catamounts, most recently No. 195 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the Bulldogs, who rate No. 319 in the latest survey. Meanwhile, math and computer-based handicapping simulations run on this game predict a potential 66-62 victory for the Catamounts.

How They Match Up:
In the paint, the rebound battle will feature Western Carolina's No. 183-rated squad against Samford's No. 342-rated roster. And in long-range shooting, Western Carolina rates No. 148 in the country with 6.3 per game, while their foes tonight rank No. 126 nationally with 6.5 per match.

Defensively, Samford features the nation's No. 175-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.8 points per game. Western Carolina, meanwhile, comes in at No. 171 nationally in scoring at home.

Samford lost its last outing, a 70-67 result against Appalachian State on February 28. They covered in that game as a 3.5-point underdog. Tyler Hood scored 22 points in a futile effort to lead the Bulldogs to a win (they lost 70-67 to Appalachian State at Holmes Convocation Center on Thursday).

Western Carolina was an 81-72 loser in their most recent outing at home against Chattanooga. They failed to cover the 8-point spread as favorites. The Catamounts got 21 points from Brandon Boggs, but it was Chattanooga that prevailed in an 81-72 final on Thursday at Ramsey Center.

Samford Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
After playing Appalachian State are 4-5
After a loss are 5-5

Western Carolina Catamounts Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
After playing Chattanooga are 5-5
After a loss are 4-6

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