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Western Carolina Catamounts vs Samford Bulldogs Preview

Samford BulldogsWestern Carolina Catamounts
6-12January 18, 2014, 02:00 | Ramsey Center9-8

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

The Bulldogs will try to spoil to the party on Saturday; they are 4-7 ATS against the number this season, while the Catamounts are 5-6 ATS. Samford is 5-4 on the totals; Western Carolina is 2-8.

View Samford Bulldogs vs Western Carolina Catamounts Odds and Stats.

The Catamounts were listed as -11-point favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark earlier in the day. It opened first at BetOnline, where the total was expected shortly.

The Catamounts sit at No. 87 in the current college hoops power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Bulldogs sit at No. 340 on the same chart.

In their last action, Samford was a 57-55 winner at home against Furman. They failed to cover the 7.5-point spread as favorites. Samford got 13 points from Tyler Hood en route to a 57-55 victory over Furman on Saturday at Pete Hanna Center.

Last time out for Western Carolina, they were a 68-67 winner as they battled Georgia Southern on the road. They failed to cover in the match as a 3-point favorite. Western Carolina got 15 points from James Sinclair en route to a 68-67 victory over Georgia Southern on Saturday at Hanner Fieldhouse.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Western Carolina's No. 111-ranked scoring average of 73.94 PPG, against a Bulldogs defense rated No. 232 and allowing 76.58 PPG. The Catamounts FG% has averaged 42.23% to date this season, less than the Bulldogs shooters have managed so far (46.23% per game).

A few Bulldogs at Catamounts trends to consider:
Samford is 7-15 SU in its last 22 games
Samford is 1-12 SU in its last 13 games on the road
Samford is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Western Carolina
Samford is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Western Carolina
Western Carolina is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Western Carolina is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Western Carolina is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games when playing Samford
Western Carolina is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Samford

Next up:
Samford home to UNC Greensboro, Thursday, January 23rd
Western Carolina at Wofford, Monday, January 20th