Chattanooga vs. Western Carolina - 1/8/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Western Carolina Catamounts (7-8) at Chattanooga Moccasins (9-7)
College Basketball: Thursday, January 8, 2015 at 7:00 pm (McKenzie Arena)
The Line: Chattanooga Moccasins -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Western Carolina Catamounts and Chattanooga Mocs play Thursday at the McKenzie Arena.
The Western Carolina Catamounts have won four straight games and play their ninth true road game. On the season, Western Carolina is averaging 71.1 points on 45 percent shooting and is allowing 75.1 points on 45.2 percent shooting. James Sinclair is averaging 17.8 points and 3.5 assists while Rhett Harrelson is averaging 16.1 points on 47.3 percent shooting. Torrion Brummitt is grabbing 6.3 rebounds and Mike Brown is shooting 43.4 percent from the field. The Western Carolina Catamounts are a quality offensive team that has four players averaging double-digit points while they’re shooting 71.4 percent from the free throw line and 34.6 percent from downtown. Western Carolina’s fast pac results in teams shooting 36.4 percent from deep and allowing 70 or more points in six of its last nine games.
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The Chattanooga Mocs have won six of their last eight games and look for their third conference victory. On the season, Chattanooga is averaging 67 points on 43.3 percent shooting and is allowing 68.3 points on 44.8 percent shooting. Casey Jones is averaging 13.4 points and 6.1 rebounds while Greg Pryor is averaging 11.8 points and 2.3 assists. Ronrico White is the third player averaging double-digit points and Justin Tuoyo is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The Chattanooga Mocs are also a solid offensive team as five players are averaging at least 7.4 points, and they’re shooting 69.1 percent from the line and 35.4 percent from deep. Defensively, Chattanooga is forcing 12.6 turnovers and has allowed 68 or less points in five straight games.
The Catamounts are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Mocs are 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 home games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record. The Catamounts are 1-6 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Chattanooga and 2-8 ATS in the last 10 meetings overall.
These teams are kind of similar in their style of play but Western Carolina has far more offensive weapons and can drop buckets in a hurry. Chattanooga may struggle with the quick pace. I like the Catamounts and the points here.