Western Carolina vs. UNC Greensboro - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
UNC Greensboro Spartans (11-5) at Western Carolina Catamounts (7-9)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Ramsey Center)
The Line: Western Carolina Catamounts +7 -- Over/Under: 132.5 See the Latest Odds
We have some college basketball action out of the SoCon as the UNC-Greensboro Spartans take on the Western Carolina Catamounts on Saturday night.
The UNC-Greensboro Spartans will look to rebound after having their 3 game winning streak snapped with a 68-58 loss to East Tennessee State in their last outing. Marvin Smith led the team with 11 points and a team-high 9 rebounds, while Francis Alonso and Kyrin Galloway each added 10 points to round out the trio of double digit scorers for the Spartans in the loss. Alonso went 4 of 11 from the floor with a pair of threes, while Galloway shot 4 of 7 with a pair of triples of his own. Alonso leads the team in scoring with an average of 17.9 points per game while Demetrius Troy leads the team with 3.4 assists per game and James Dickey is the team’s top rebounder with 8.4 rebounds per game this season. As a team, UNC-Greensboro is scoring 72.6 points per game on 43.9% shooting from the field, 36.1% from behind the arc and 67.4% from the foul line this season.
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The Western Carolina Catamounts will try to build some momentum after a 58-56 win over Mercer in their last outing. Mike Amius led the team with 21 points on 8 of 11 shooting with 7 rebounds, while Devin Peterson added 12 points and Marc Gosselin added 10 points with 11 rebounds for the double-double to finish off the double digit scoring for Western Carolina in the win. Deriece Parks added 3 steals while Desmond Johnson added a pair of steals as did Maurice Smith in the winning effort for the Catamounts. Amius leads the team in scoring with 12.1 points per game while Gosselin leads the way on the glass with 5.9 rebounds per game and Peterson is the team’s leading assist man with 3.1 assists per game this season. As a team, Western Carolina is scoring 67.9 points per game on 39.5% shooting from the field, 34.5% from behind the arc and 64.8% from the foul line this season.
UNC-Greensboro is 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a losing record and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 conference matchups while the over is 6-0 in their last 6 games following a loss. Western Carolina is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 home games and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games. UNC-Greensboro is 2-7 ATS in the last 9 meetings between these two teams and 0-4 ATS in the last 4 meetings at Western Carolina.
The Spartans have had no fear of going on the road and winning or covering, as they’ve done 3 times this year and have a better record than Western Carolina. The problem is that UNCG hasn’t had any success when they visit Western Carolina over the last few years and haven’t had much success at all in the matchup regardless of where it’s played, so I’ll take a shot with Western Carolina and the points here.