Western Carolina Catamounts (6-1) at VCU Rams (5-2)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Stuart Siegel Center)
The Line: VCU Rams -15 -- Over/Under: 146.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
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The Western Carolina Catamounts and the VCU Rams meet in college basketball action from the Stuart Siegel Center on Tuesday night.
The Western Carolina Catamounts will look for a big road win to add to their 6-1 start after a 104-98 win over North Carolina A&T last time out. All five starters scored in double figures in the win, led by Matt Halvorsen who scored 23 points on 7 of 9 shooting from 3-point range while Xavier Cork came right behind with 22 points on an efficient 10 of 12 shooting with 14 rebounds and 4 assists with 3 blocks for the double-double. Mason Faulkner added 20 points with a team-high 6 assists and a pair of steals while Tyler Harris chipped in 19 points on 7 of 10 shooting with a pair of triples and 4 assists. Travion McCray added 11 points with 4 assists and a pair of steals to cap off the scoring in double-digits for the Catamounts in the win. Faulkner leads Western Carolina with an average of 18.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.4 assists per game, all team-highs. As a team, Western Carolina is averaging 87.4 points per game on 47.6% shooting from the field, 36.4% from 3-point range and 71.7% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 76.9 points on 42% shooting from the field and 36.6% from 3-point range this season.
The VCU Rams will be looking to add to their 5-2 start to the year after picking up a 77-54 win over Old Dominion last time out. Nah’Shon Hyland led the way for VCU with 15 points including 3 threes and 6 steals while Vince Williams Jr. added 11 points on 3 of 6 shooting with a team-high 8 rebounds and a pair of steals and Mikeal Brown-Jones added 10 points to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for the VCU Rams in the winning effort. Hyland leads VCU in scoring with 16.9 points per game while Williams Jr. leads the Rams in rebounding with 4.7 rebounds per game and Adrian Baldwin Jr. has a team-high 5.3 assists per game this season. As a team, VCU is averaging 74.6 points on 46.6% shooting from the field, 34% from behind the arc and 75.7% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 61.9 points on 37.9% shooting from the field and 27.5% from behind the 3-point line this season.
Western Carolina is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games against a team with a winning home record while the over is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. VCU is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games following an ATS win.
The VCU Rams are and should be favored here, especially at home and with how well the Rams continue to play defense. However, Western Carolina has been in a lot of close games, and the 1-4 record is a product of being too heavily favored or favored in spots where the probably shouldn’t be. With that said though, I think getting 15 points is a gift with the Catamounts. Western Carolina has a bunch of guys that can hurt you offensively from anywhere on the floor and VCU tends to have issues when they have to set up their offense as opposed to scoring in transition and with how well Western Carolina holds other teams up on the break, I think it could be a closer game than the line would suggest. I’ll take Western Carolina and the points in this one.