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Western Carolina Catamounts host The Citadel Bulldogs in college basketball action

The Citadel BulldogsWestern Carolina Catamounts
March 2, 2:00 PM | U.S. Cellular Arena

The Citadel Bulldogs vs Western Carolina Catamounts Odds

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College hoops betting interest focuses on the Western Carolina vs The Citadel battle Friday at U.S. Cellular Arena as the Catamounts look to defend home court and cover the NCAAB point spread.

It's a game in the Southern Tournament, which will decide the conference title, not to mention deciding which teams make the Field of 68. The game is being played at U.S. Cellular Arena, which makes it technically a neutral site match.

Western Carolina will face the 6-23 Bulldogs, who own a 13-11 ATS mark on the season. In totals betting, the Catamounts are 13-14 favoring the UNDER so far this season while the Bulldogs are 11-13 favoring the OVER.

View The Citadel vs Western Carolina Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
College basketball odds makers opened the Catamounts as 6-point favorites in this matchupl.

Power Rankings / Prediction:
This game matches up the No. 208 (Catamounts) and the No. 321 (Bulldogs) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank. A 69-62 result in favor of the Catamounts has been projected by the scores prediction engine.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Western Carolina's No. 118-ranked scoring average of 70.3 PPG, against a Bulldogs defense rated No. 291 and allowing 72.1 PPG. The Catamounts FG% has averaged 41.7% to date this season, less than the Bulldogs shooters have managed so far (43.5% per game).

Defensively, The Citadel features the nation's No. 308-rated defense on the road, allowing 76.8 points per game. Western Carolina, meanwhile, comes in at No. 64 nationally in scoring at home.

The Citadel was a 55-47 loser in their most recent outing at home against College of Charleston. They covered the 10-point spread as underdogs. The Citadel suffered a 55-47 loss against College of Charleston on Saturday, getting 14 points from Mike Groselle in a losing effort at McAlister Field House.

In their last action, Western Carolina was an 83-75 winner at home against Appalachian State. They covered the 4-point spread as favorites. The Catamounts got a terrific 27-point effort from Trey Sumler as Western Carolina defeated Appalachian State 83-75 on Saturday at Ramsey Center.

The Citadel Bulldogs Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
After playing College of Charleston are 4-6
After a loss are 1-9

Western Carolina Catamounts Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
After playing Appalachian State are 4-6
After a win are 5-5

A few Bulldogs at Catamounts trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Western Carolina's last 8 games when playing The Citadel
Western Carolina is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Western Carolina's last 5 games
Western Carolina is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games when playing The Citadel