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Western Carolina Catamounts host Appalachian State Mountaineers in college basketball action

Appalachian State MountaineersWestern Carolina Catamounts
7-15February 08, 2014, 02:00 | Ramsey Center11-11

Earning a win and covering the posted spread will be the goals for Appalachian State when they take on the Western Carolina Catamounts on Saturday in college hoops betting action.

This season, the Catamounts are 11-11 overall and 6-10 ATS, while the Mountaineers are 7-15 and 4-10 ATS. As for the totals, Western Carolina boasts a 4-11 on the OU, and Appalachian State is 5-9.

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

Bettors looking to go with the Catamounts in this one found them listed as -8.5-point favorites earlier on the NCAA basketball betting menu for Saturday's contest. Check for updates as money coming in on the Mountaineers was expected to move the line.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Catamounts at No. 42 and the Mountaineers at No. 226 heading into this contest.

Appalachian State was a 54-45 winner in its last match at home against The Citadel. They failed to cover the 10.5-point spread as favorites. Tab Hamilton scored 17 points leading the Mountaineers to a 54-45 victory over The Citadel at Holmes Convocation Center on Thursday.

Last time out for Western Carolina, they were a 74-60 loser as they battled Elon on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 4-point underdog. The Catamounts endured a 74-60 loss at the hands of the Phoenix on Thursday, despite a 19-point effort from Brandon Boggs at Alumni Gym.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Western Carolina's No. 120-ranked offense, averaging 72.74 PPG, against a Mountaineers defense that ranks No. 195 at 72.91 PPG. The Catamounts field goal percentage has averaged 41.76% so far, less than the Mountaineers marksmen have achieved on the year, 42.12% per game.

A few Mountaineers at Catamounts trends to consider:
Appalachian State is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
Appalachian State is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Appalachian State's last 6 games
Appalachian State is 1-11 SU in its last 12 games on the road
Western Carolina is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games
Western Carolina is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Western Carolina's last 8 games
Western Carolina is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Appalachian State home to Samford, Thursday, February 13th
Western Carolina at Furman, Monday, February 10th