Western Carolina vs. Wofford - 2/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Wofford Terriers (17-9) at Western Carolina Catamounts (12-14)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7:30 pm (Ramsey Center)
The Line: Western Carolina Catamounts +3 -- Over/Under: 141 See the Latest Odds
TV: ESPN 3
The Wofford Terriers will travel to the Ramsey Center to take on the Western Carolina Catamounts this Thursday night in College Basketball action.
The Wofford Terriers dropped to 17-9 (8-5 Southern) on the season after being defeated by the Furman Paladins, 76-52, this past Saturday. Wofford struggled offensively throughout the game and trailed by double-digits throughout the 2nd half after Furman went into halftime with a commanding 39-21 lead. Wofford shot just 35.2% from the field and 30.4% (7-23) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Terriers was Nathan Hoover who had 10 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal, and a block. On the season, Wofford is averaging 76.5 ppg on 47.3% shooting from the field. The Terriers are averaging 10.6 three-pointers per game on 41.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Wofford has been led by Fletcher Magee (22.1 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.8 apg), Trevor Stumpe (11.8 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 2.1 apg), Cameron Jackson (11.0 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.9 spg, 1.3 bpg), and Nathan Hoover (10.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 1.3 apg). Defensively, Wofford is allowing their opponents to average 71.1 ppg on 45.0% shooting from the field. The Terriers have a rebound margin of 1.0 and a turnover margin of 0.5.
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The Western Carolina Catamounts had their 3-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 12-14 (7-6 Southern) on the season after being defeated by the UNC Greensboro Spartans, 65-48, this past Saturday. Western Carolina trailed by just a 31-26 margin at halftime, however, allowed UNC Greensboro to slowly pull away in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after the Spartans took a 53-29 lead with 5:42 left in regulation. Western Carolina shot just 32.1% from the field and 23.8% (5-21) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Catamounts was Marc Gosselin who had 15 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists. On the season, Western Carolina is averaging 68.3 ppg on 40.9% shooting from the field. The Catamounts are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 34.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Western Carolina has been led by Mike Amius (12.5 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.0 spg), Deriece Parks (10.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.5 spg), Matt Halvorsen (8.9 ppg, 1.2 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Marc Gosselin (8.5 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.1 spg). Defensively, Western Carolina is allowing their opponents to average 74.3 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Catamounts have a rebound margin of -1.8 and a turnover margin of 0.1.
The Terriers are 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games following a straight up loss however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Catamounts are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Catamounts are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games following a ATS loss and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games.
Wofford has one of the better offenses in the Southern conference this season as the Terriers currently rank T-107th in scoring offense, 53rd in FG%, and 6th in 3P-FG%, however it’s been a struggle for Wofford as of late as the Terriers have lost 5 of their last 7 games. Western Carolina has won 4 of their last 7 games, however, outside the fact that their defense can create turnovers as the Catamounts currently rank 20th in steals per game, Western Carolina hasn’t been overly impressive this season on either end of the court as they currently rank just 296th in scoring offense, 329th in FG%, and 236th in scoring defense. Wofford is just 4-7 on the road this season, however, do have an impressive road victory of North Carolina and as I think the Terriers offense will have success against the weak Catamounts defense, I’m taking Wofford to cover this small road spread. Take Wofford to cover.