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Southern Tournament - Samford Bulldogs home to Appalachian State Mountaineers in NCAA Basketball betting action

Appalachian State MountaineersSamford Bulldogs
9-20March 07, 2014, 11:00 | U.S. Cellular Center12-19

The Samford Bulldogs will try to pay off for their supporters on Friday when they play host to the Appalachian State Mountaineers at U.S. Cellular Center in NCAA basketball action.

The Bulldogs sport a record of 12-19 and 10-13 ATS heading into this battle, while the Mountaineers have 9-20 and 7-14 ATS marks on the season. The OVER/UNDER records are 13-9 for the Bulldogs and 6-15 for the Mountaineers.

View Appalachian State Mountaineers vs Samford Bulldogs Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with Samford in this one found them as -1-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

The Power Rankings at Odds Shark show No. 235-rated Appalachian State taking on the No. 293-rated Bulldogs in this contest.

Appalachian State was a 63-44 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Chattanooga. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as underdogs. The Mountaineers endured a 63-44 loss at the hands of the Moccasins on Saturday, despite a 11-point effort from Michael Obacha at McKenzie Arena.

Samford was a 93-86 winner in their most recent outing at home against Western Carolina. They covered the 3-point spread as underdogs. Samford got 32 points from Tim Williams en route to a 93-86 victory over Western Carolina on Saturday at Pete Hanna Center.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Samford's No. 141-ranked scoring average of 71.06 PPG, against a Mountaineers defense rated No. 180 and allowing 71.79 PPG. The Bulldogs FG% has averaged 47.57% to date this season, more than the Mountaineers shooters have managed so far (41.63% per game).

A few Mountaineers at Bulldogs trends to consider:
Appalachian State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Appalachian State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Appalachian State's last 5 games
Appalachian State is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing Samford
Samford is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Samford is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Samford's last 9 games
Samford is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games when playing Appalachian State