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NCAA Basketball betting line favors Mountaineers over Bulldogs

Samford BulldogsAppalachian State Mountaineers
11-15February 13, 2014, 07:00 | Holmes Convocation Center7-16

Appalachian State looks to cover the Mountaineers-Bulldogs pointspread on Thursday and improve its overall 7-16 mark when they host Samford in college basketball wagering action.

The Bulldogs will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 9-9 ATS against the number this season, while the Mountaineers are 5-10 ATS. Samford is 10-6 on the totals; Appalachian State is 6-9.

View Samford Bulldogs vs Appalachian State Mountaineers Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as BetOnline had set the Mountaineers as -4-point favorites on the opening line for this contest. It may have moved, check for updates.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 150-ranked Mountaineers and the No. 228-rated Bulldogs in this matchup.

Last time out for Samford, they were a 92-85 winner as they battled Chattanooga at home. They covered in the match as a 1.5-point underdog. Chattanooga was victimized for 21 points and 12 rebounds by Tim Williams as the Bulldogs bested the Moccasins 92-85 in college basketball action on Saturday.

Last time out for Appalachian State, they were an 84-75 loser as they battled Western Carolina on the road. They covered in the match as a 9.5-point underdog. Appalachian State got 23 points and 12 rebounds from Tommy Spagnolo in a losing cause in their 84-75 loss to Western Carolina on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Appalachian State has the nation's No. 163-rated offensive output, at 70.65 PPG. The visiting Bulldogs defense ranks No. 236 allowing on average 76.85 PPG. The Mountaineers FG% has averaged 42.05% so far, less than the Bulldogs marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.48% per game.

A few Bulldogs at Mountaineers trends to consider:
Samford is 5-2 ATS in its last 7 games
Samford is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Samford's last 6 games
Samford is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Appalachian State is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Appalachian State's last 7 games
Appalachian State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Appalachian State is 16-7 SU in its last 23 games at home

Next up:
Samford at Elon, Saturday, February 15th
Appalachian State at Wofford, Saturday, February 15th