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Western Carolina Catamounts visit The Citadel Bulldogs in NCAA Basketball wagering battle

Western Carolina CatamountsThe Citadel Bulldogs
10-10January 25, 2014, 07:05 | McAlister Field House4-17

The visiting Western Carolina Catamounts hope to send their backers to the pay window on Saturday as they look to cover the spread at McAlister Field House against the The Citadel Bulldogs.

This season, the Bulldogs are 4-17 overall and 6-8 ATS, while the Catamounts are 10-10 and 5-9 ATS. As for the totals, The Citadel boasts a 5-5-1 on the OU, and Western Carolina is 4-9.

View Western Carolina Catamounts vs The Citadel Bulldogs Odds and Stats.

On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, The Citadel sat as 7.5-point underdogs over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.

The Odds Shark Power Rankings have the Bulldogs at No. 342 and the Catamounts at No. 61 heading into this contest.

In their last action, Western Carolina was an 82-77 loser at home against Davidson. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as underdogs. Western Carolina got 16 points from Trey Sumler but lost anyway, 82-77, to Davidson on Thursday at Ramsey Center.

Last time out for The Citadel, they were an 80-67 loser as they battled Appalachian State at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 2-point underdog. The Bulldogs got 24 points from Matt Van Scyoc, but it was Appalachian State that prevailed in an 80-67 final on Thursday at McAlister Field House.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and The Citadel has the nation's No. 185-rated offensive output, at 69.62 PPG. The visiting Catamounts defense ranks No. 184 allowing on average 72.33 PPG. The Bulldogs FG% has averaged 43.13% so far, more than the Catamounts marksmen have achieved on the year, 41.64% per game.

A few Catamounts at Bulldogs trends to consider:
Western Carolina is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games
Western Carolina is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Western Carolina's last 6 games
Western Carolina is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The Citadel is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
The Citadel is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of The Citadel's last 6 games
The Citadel is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Western Carolina at Elon, Thursday, January 30th
The Citadel at Georgia Southern, Thursday, January 30th