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Southern Mississippi vs. Western Carolina - 11/21/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Western Carolina Catamounts (1-4) at Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (3-1)
Date & Time Wednesday November 21, 2018, 12:30 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles -12.5 -- Over/Under: 144
TV Channel
Sports Live
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NCAA BB | Western Carolina Catamounts (1-4) at Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles (3-1)
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The Southern Miss Golden Eagles and Western Carolina Catamounts meet Wednesday in the college basketball Cancun Challenge at the Hard Rock Hotel Riviera Maya.

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles look for a bounce back showing to build on their 3-1 record. The Southern Miss Golden Eagles are averaging 78.5 points on 46.7 percent shooting and allowing 65 points on 38 percent shooting. Cortez Edwards is averaging 18 points and three assists while Tyree Griffin is averaging 15.5 points and 4.5 rebounds. Leonard Harper-Baker is dishing 2.5 assists and Dominic Magee is grabbing 3.5 rebounds. The Southern Miss Golden Eagles are shooting 35.8 percent from beyond the arc and 58.6 percent from the free throw line. The Southern Miss Golden Eagles are allowing 30.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 41.8 rebounds per game. The Southern Miss Golden Eagles have won two of their last three non-home games.

The Western Carolina Catamounts need a big win here after a brutal 1-4 start to the season. The Western Carolina Catamounts are averaging 71.8 points on 45 percent shooting and allowing 82 points on 48.7 percent shooting. Matt Halvorsen is averaging 14.5 points and 3.5 assists while Kameron Gibson is averaging 13.8 points and 3.3 rebounds. Carlos Dotson is the third double-digit scorer and Onno Steger is dishing 1.5 assists. The Western Carolina Catamounts are shooting 37.6 percent from beyond the arc and 66.3 percent from the free throw line. The Western Carolina Catamounts are allowing 33.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 37.2 rebounds per game. The Western Carolina Catamounts have lost three straight non-home games.

The Golden Eagles are 20-9-1 ATS in their last 30 games following a ATS loss and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Catamounts are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 non-conference games, 1-5 ATS in their last 6 neutral site games and 2-9 ATS in their last 11 games overall. The over is 5-1 in Catamounts last 6 overall. The over is 5-1 in Golden Eagles last 6 overall. 

The Southern Miss Golden Eagles are simply the better team on both sides of the ball in this matchup and will have the best player on the court. The Western Carolina Catamounts have been getting beat up on the defensive end to start the season and have been brutal dating to back to last year when it comes to covering numbers. I'll take Southern Miss in a beatdown.

Pick:
Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles -12.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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