Western Carolina vs. Appalachian State - 12/4/17 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Appalachian State Mountaineers (5-4) at Western Carolina Catamounts (2-6)
College Basketball: Monday, December 4, 2017 at 7:00 pm (Ramsey Center)
The Line: Western Carolina Catamounts +3.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Appalachian State Mountaineers will travel to the Ramsey Center to take on the Western Carolina Catamounts this Monday night in College Basketball action.
The Appalachian State Mountaineers improved to 5-4 on the season after defeating the South Florida Bulls, 84-61, this past Saturday. Appalachian State used an 11-0 run midway through the 1st half to take a 31-14 lead and had no trouble securing the victory after lead by double-digits throughout the 2nd half. Appalachian State shot 51.6% from the field and forced South Florida into committing 17 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Mountaineers was Ronshad Shabazz who had 21 points, 5 assists, 2 steals, and a rebound. On the season, Appalachian State is averaging 89.3 ppg on 47.0% shooting from the field. The Mountaineers are averaging 10.7 three-pointers per game on 36.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Appalachian State has been led by Ronshad Shabazz (22.0 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.4 apg, 1.2 spg), Justin Forrest (17.1 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.2 spg), Griffin Kinney (9.4 ppg, 5.2 rpg), and Tyrell Johnson (8.4 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.1 bpg). Defensively, Appalachian State is allowing their opponents to average 74.0 ppg on 40.0% shooting form the field. The Mountaineers have a rebound margin of 10.4 and a turnover margin of -0.9.
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The Western Carolina Catamounts dropped to 2-6 on the season after being defeated by the Charleston Cougars, 69-60, this past Thursday. Western Carolina hung around early in this one, however, couldn’t fight back after a 24-8 Cougars run to start the 2nd half gave Charleston a 64-38 lead with 13:49 left in regulation. Western Carolina shot just 38.2% from the field and 20.8% (5-24) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Catamounts was Mike Amius who had 22 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, and a block. On the season, Western Carolina is averaging 66.4 ppg on 39.6% shooting from the field. The Catamounts are averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game on 37.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Western Carolina has been led by Matt Halvorsen (11.4 ppg, 1.3 apg), Devin Peterson (9.9 ppg, 1.6 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.4 spg), Deriece Parks (9.3 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.1 spg), and Marc Gosselin (8.4 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.9 apg). Defensively, Western Carolina is allowing their opponents to average 81.4 ppg on 48.5% shooting from the field. The Catamounts have a rebound margin of -4.9 and a turnover margin of -0.4.
The Mountaineers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a losing straight up record and just 7-19-2 ATS in their last 28 road games. The Catamounts are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a losing road record.
Appalachian State has been able to put together back to back wins as of late, however, the Mountaineers have been impressive on the offensive end this season as they rank 19th in scoring offense, 103rd FG%, and 21st in three-pointers made per game. Western Carolina has struggled this season on both ends of the court as they come in ranked 314th in scoring offense and 319th in scoring defense. Western Carolina should be able to find some more success on the offensive end against an Appalachian State defense that can give up points, however, as the Mountaineers offense shouldn’t have any problem putting up 80+ points, I’m taking the Mountaineers to cover this road spread.