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Kent State Golden Flashes vs Western Carolina Catamounts Betting Matchup Report

Western Carolina CatamountsKent State Golden Flashes
2-2November 21, 2013, 07:30 | Memorial Athletic Center3-1

The Kent State Golden Flashes will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Western Carolina Catamounts at Memorial Athletic Center on Thursday in NCAA hoops play.

The Catamounts will look to vanquish their hosts on Thursday, as they are 0-2 ATS versus the spread this season, while the Golden Flashes are 3-0 ATS. Western Carolina is 1-1 against the total, while Kent State is 2-1 versus the number.

View Western Carolina Catamounts vs Kent State Golden Flashes Odds and Stats.

Kent State opened as -8.5-point favorites in this college basketball tilt over at 5Dimes but the number may be on the move. Watch for the opening total as well at BetOnline.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 63-ranked Golden Flashes and the No. 171-rated Catamounts in this matchup.

Western Carolina was a 68-63 winner in its last match on the road against Liberty. Tom Tankelewicz scored 23 points leading the Catamounts to a 68-63 victory over Liberty at Vines Center on Saturday.

Kent State was a 75-58 winner in their most recent outing at home against Saint Peter's. They covered the 13.5-point spread as favorites. The Golden Flashes grabbed a 75-58 win over the Peacocks on Sunday, behind a 13-point effort from Mark Henniger at Memorial Athletic Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Kent State's No. 103-ranked scoring average of 79 PPG, against a Catamounts defense rated No. 175 and allowing 74.2 PPG. The Golden Flashes FG% has averaged 47.28% to date this season, more than the Catamounts shooters have managed so far (40.94% per game).

Next up:
Western Carolina at Niagara, Friday, November 22nd
Kent State at Usc Spartanburg, Friday, November 22nd