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Spartans open as college hoops underdog vs Catamounts

UNC Greensboro SpartansWestern Carolina Catamounts
Dec 3, 4:30 PM | Ramsey Center

UNC Greensboro Spartans vs Western Carolina Catamounts Odds

2-5TEAM RECORD4-4

The Western Carolina Catamounts will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the UNC Greensboro Spartans at Ramsey Center on Saturday in NCAAB play.

This season, the Catamounts are 4-4 overall and 2-4 ATS ATS, while the Spartans are 2-5 and 1-4 ATS against the number. As for the totals, Western Carolina boasts a 2-4 on the OU, and UNC Greensboro is 2-2-1.

View UNC Greensboro vs Western Carolina Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening NCAAB line for this matchup, Western Carolina sat as 6-point favorites.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 308-ranked Catamounts and the No. 319-rated Spartans in this matchup. Computer formulas aimed at predicting NCAAB scores point to a 66-54 win for the Catamounts on Saturday.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Western Carolina's No. 209-ranked offense, averaging 66.5 PPG, against a Spartans defense that ranks No. 327 at 77.6 PPG. The Catamounts field goal percentage has averaged 41.9% so far, more than the Spartans marksmen have achieved on the year, 36.4% per game.

Defensively, UNC Greensboro features the nation's No. 329-rated defense on the road, allowing 85 points per game. Western Carolina, meanwhile, comes in at No. 130 nationally in scoring at home.

UNC Greensboro was a 78-64 loser in their most recent outing on the road against Appalachian State. They failed to cover the 8.5–point spread as underdogs. UNC Greensboro got 17 points from Aaron Brackett but lost anyway, 78-64, to Appalachian State on Thursday at Holmes Convocation Center.

Western Carolina was a 75-71 winner in their most recent outing on the road against Samford. They covered the 1–point spread as underdogs. Harouna Mutombo scored 18 points leading the Catamounts to a 75-71 victory over Samford at Pete Hanna Center on Thursday.

UNC Greensboro Spartans Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Elon are 1-9
After playing Appalachian State are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

Western Carolina Catamounts Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Purdue are 2-0
After playing Samford are 4-2
After a win are 7-3

A few Spartans at Catamounts trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of UNC Greensboro's last 5 games when playing on the road against Western Carolina
UNC Greensboro is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Western Carolina
UNC Greensboro is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Western Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing UNC Greensboro
Western Carolina is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against UNC Greensboro
Western Carolina is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Western Carolina's last 5 games when playing at home against UNC Greensboro

Next up:
UNC Greensboro home to Elon, Monday, December 5
Western Carolina at Purdue, Wednesday, December 7

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