Samford Bulldogs vs. Western Carolina Catamounts - 1/16/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Western Carolina Catamounts (7-10) at Samford Bulldogs (10-8)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 16, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Pete Hanna Center)
The Line: Samford Bulldogs -3 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Western Carolina Catamounts look for a road win at the Samford Bulldogs.
The question for Western Carolina is whether they have the horses to climb in to the top half of the SoCon and at 2-2 in the conference we don’t know. The Catamounts will be looking to bounce back from a 77-58 loss at Chattanooga as a ten point road dog. The Mocs raced out to a 16 point edge after 20 minutes and never lost control. Behind 49% accuracy and five DD scorers. WCU countered with 38% shooting and that was not enough. Justin Browning gave Western Carolina 17 points and five yanks on 7-10 from the field while Torrion Brummitt added 15 points and 12 rebounds. Charlendez Brooks and Mike Brown scored eleven and eight points respectively.
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The Samford Bulldogs have a winning record at 10-8 but they have struggled to a 1-4 mark in the conference. The Bulldogs have dropped three in a row following an 81-77 defeat to visiting East Tennessee State on Thursday night. Both teams forgot their defense with both sinking shots in the 52%-53% range. Most areas in the boxscore were even except where the Bulldogs struggled to 4-12 from distance and 11-20 at the stripe. Darius Jones-Gibson paced the Samford offense with 17 points and five assists with Wyatt Walker adding 14 points and seven boards. Iman Johnson and Christen Cunningham netted eleven points apiece with eight rebounds and seven helpers respectively.
Samford are 25-8 ATS in their last 33 Saturday games and the under is 9-3 in their last 12 overall while the Bulldogs are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 home games. The underdog is 8-0 ATS in the last 8 meetings. Samford should win their share of games in the league but are off to a poor start so the line looks fishy to me…