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NCAA hoops odds preview - Western Carolina vs. Appalachian State

Western Carolina CatamountsAppalachian State Mountaineers
14-12February 20, 2014, 07:00 | Holmes Convocation Center8-17

Bettors will hope to hit paydirt on Thursday when the Appalachian State Mountaineers try to run the Western Carolina Catamounts off the court at Holmes Convocation Center in college hoops action.

The Mountaineers sit at 8-17 (6-11 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Catamounts are currently 14-12 (7-13 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Appalachian State is 6-11 OU, and Western Carolina is 8-11 OU.

View Western Carolina Catamounts vs Appalachian State Mountaineers Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Appalachian State sat as 0-point over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

It's a betting matchup between the No. 133-rated Mountaineers and the No. 51-ranked Catamounts, according to the latest pro hoops power rankings here at Odds Shark.

Western Carolina was an 82-77 winner in their most recent outing on the road against UNC Greensboro. They covered the 2.5-point spread as favorites. The Spartans were burned for 25 points by Brandon Boggs on Sunday as the Catamounts put another game in the win column, 82-77, at Greensboro Coliseum.

Appalachian State was a 64-58 loser in their most recent outing at home against Wofford. They failed to cover the 3.5-point spread as underdogs. Tevin Baskin scored 13 points in a futile effort to lead the Mountaineers to a win (they lost 64-58 to Wofford at Holmes Convocation Center on Saturday).

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Appalachian State's No. 166 nationally ranked offense (70.28 points per game) against a Catamounts defense that sits as the No. 189 at 72.7 PPG. The Mountaineers have been averaging 42.54% from the field, more than the Catamounts have managed so far this season (41.98% on average).

A few Catamounts at Mountaineers trends to consider:
Western Carolina is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Western Carolina is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Western Carolina's last 5 games
Western Carolina is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Appalachian State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Appalachian State is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Appalachian State's last 6 games
Appalachian State is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Western Carolina home to The Citadel, Saturday, February 22nd
Appalachian State at Furman, Saturday, February 22nd