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NCAA hoops odds preview - Chattanooga vs. Western Carolina

Chattanooga MoccasinsWestern Carolina Catamounts
16-13February 27, 2014, 07:00 | Ramsey Center16-12

The Western Carolina Catamounts will try to pay off for their supporters on Thursday when they play host to the Chattanooga Moccasins at Ramsey Center in NCAA basketball action.

The Moccasins will try to spoil to the party on Thursday; they are 11-10-2 ATS against the number this season, while the Catamounts are 9-13 ATS. Chattanooga is 10-11 on the totals; Western Carolina is 9-13.

View Chattanooga Moccasins vs Western Carolina Catamounts Odds and Stats.

The Catamounts were listed as -6.5-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Catamounts rated this week at No. 34 and the Moccasins sitting at No. 125.

In their last action, Chattanooga was an 88-84 loser on the road against UNC Greensboro. They failed to cover the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. Casey Jones scored 21 points and chipped in with 11 rebounds for a double-double, but his team still lost 88-84 against UNC Greensboro in college basketball action at Greensboro Coliseum.

Last time out for Western Carolina, they were a 70-52 winner as they battled The Citadel at home. They covered in the match as a 15-point favorite. Trey Sumler scored 18 points leading the Catamounts to a 70-52 victory over The Citadel at Ramsey Center on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Western Carolina's No. 80 nationally ranked offense (73.76 points per game) against a Moccasins defense that sits as the No. 223 at 74.93 PPG. The Catamounts have been averaging 42.26% from the field, less than the Moccasins have managed so far this season (43.89% on average).

A few Moccasins at Catamounts trends to consider:
Chattanooga is 1-3-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Chattanooga is 12-5 SU in its last 17 games
Chattanooga is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Chattanooga's last 10 games
Western Carolina is 4-8 ATS in its last 12 games
Western Carolina is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Western Carolina's last 6 games
Western Carolina is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Chattanooga home to Appalachian State, Saturday, March 1st
Western Carolina at Samford, Saturday, March 1st