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Mountaineers open as college hoops underdog vs 49ers

Charlotte 49ersAppalachian State Mountaineers
6-2December 08, 2013, 02:00 | Holmes Convocation Center2-5

College hoops betting interest focuses on the Appalachian State vs Charlotte battle Sunday at Holmes Convocation Center as the Mountaineers look to defend home court and cover the NCAA basketball point spread.

Appalachian State will face the 6-2 49ers, who own a 5-1 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Mountaineers are 1-2 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the 49ers are 2-3 favoring the OVER.

View Charlotte 49ers vs Appalachian State Mountaineers Odds and Stats.

The 49ers were listed as -10-point favorites at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

This game puts the Mountaineers, most recently No. 136 in the Odds Shark power rankings, up against the 49ers, who rate No. 125 in the latest survey.

Charlotte was an 87-78 loser in its last match at home against Davidson. They failed to cover the 9-point spread as favorites. The 49ers endured an 87-78 loss at the hands of the Wildcats on Wednesday, despite a 17-point effort from Terrence Williams at Dale F. Halton Arena.

Appalachian State won its last outing, a 78-70 result against North Greenville on December 4. The Mountaineers got a terrific 27-point effort from Mike Neal as Appalachian State defeated North Greenville 78-70 on Wednesday at Holmes Convocation Center.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Appalachian State has the nation's No. 213-rated offensive output, at 69.14 PPG. The visiting 49ers defense ranks No. 146 allowing on average 71.12 PPG. The Mountaineers FG% has averaged 40.14% so far, less than the 49ers marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.75% per game.

Next up:
Charlotte at Florida State, Tuesday, December 17th
Appalachian State at Winthrop, Sunday, December 15th