UNC Greensboro Spartans vs. Western Carolina Catamounts Pick-Odds-Prediction 2/16/14
Western Carolina Catamounts (14-12) at UNC Greensboro Spartans (12-14)
College Basketball: Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 2:00 pm (Greensboro Coliseum)
The Line: UNC Greensboro Spartans 0 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Storyline: Western Carolina eyes three consecutive victories when they take the road to square off with UNC Greensboro Sunday.
The Breakdown: The Catamounts improved to 7-4 for 4th place in the Southern Conference after their 83-75 victory over Furman Monday. WCU shot 46.9 percent from the field and 30.8 percent from outside the arc to the Paladins’ 47.1 percent from the floor and 16.7 percent from distance. Western Carolina also came away with a narrow 32-31 advantage on the boards and converted 15 of 18 from the free throw line. Senior G Trey Sumler scored a team-high 24 points, senior G Brandon Boggs had 15 points, including 3 of 5 from downtown, and junior G James Sinclair added 13 points and 10 rebounds. On the season, the Catamounts are averaging 73.6 ppg on 41.9 percent shooting. Sumler leads the team with 18.0 ppg, followed by Boggs at 11.2 ppg.
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Meanwhile, UNC Greensboro improved to 5-6 for 6th place in the conference after a 68-56 victory over Georgia Southern Thursday. The Spartans connected on 42.1 percent from the floor and 50.09 percent from outside the arc to the Southern Eagles’ 31.0 percent from the field and 24.1 percent from distance. Greensboro also finished with a narrow 42-40 advantage on the boards and converted 12 of 14 from the free throw line. Freshman G Tyrone Outlaw scored a game-high 17 points off the bench, freshman G Tevon Saddler had 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists, and freshman C R.J. White added 8 points and 12 boards off the bench. Through 26 games, the Spartans are averaging 70.7 ppg on 44.1 percent shooting. Junior F Kyle Cain leads the team with 15.3 ppg, followed by Saddler at 12.7 ppg.
Rick’s Pick: The line in this one is currently set at PK. W. Carolina thumped Greensboro 72-51 back on Jan. 2, stifling the Spartans to 39 percent from the field and their lowest scoring total of the season. Statistically, these two are pretty close, but a 21 point thrashing is hard to overlook, even if Greensboro is home this time. Look for the Spartans to take it in a closer game this time.