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Western Carolina vs. Samford - 01/05/2019 NCAA BB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

The Samford Bulldogs and Western Carolina Catamounts meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Ramsey Center.

The Samford Bulldogs need a win after losing three of their last four games. The Samford Bulldogs are averaging 78.4 points on 48.8 percent shooting and allowing 71.1 points on 39.4 percent shooting. Ruben Guerrero is averaging 15.1 points and 8.4 rebounds while Josh Sharkey is averaging 14.4 points and 6.7 assists. Brandon Austin is the third double-digit scorer and Myron Gordon is grabbing 2.6 rebounds. The Samford Bulldogs are shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc and 71.7 percent from the free throw line. The Samford Bulldogs are allowing 30.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.6 rebounds per game. The Samford Bulldogs have split their last six road games.

The Western Carolina Catamounts could also use a win to snap a five-game losing streak. The Western Carolina Catamounts are averaging 65.5 points on 43.5 percent shooting and allowing 79.5 points on 49.2 percent shooting. Carlos Dotson is averaging 13.4 points and nine rebounds while Matt Halvorsen is averaging 12.4 points and 2.5 assists. Kameron Gibson is the third double-digit scorer and Onno Steger is dishing 1.9 assists. The Western Carolina Catamounts are shooting 33.8 percent from beyond the arc and 57.9 percent from the free throw line. The Western Carolina Catamounts are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.2 rebounds per game. The Western Carolina Catamounts have split their last four home games.

The Bulldogs are 8-0 ATS in their last 8 road games, 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games following a ATS win and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games overall. The Catamounts are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a ATS loss, 2-8 ATS in their last 10 vs. Southern and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Bulldogs are 10-3 ATS in the last 13 meetings and the home team is 6-0 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 4-0 in Catamounts last 4 overall. The over is 4-0 in Bulldogs last 4 overall.

The home team has won eight of the last 10 meetings between Samford and Western Carolina, so the points have some value here. However, the Samford Bulldogs are one of those teams you shouldn't be looking to step in front of, as they're 13-2 ATS on the season and 6-0 ATS on the road, which includes eight straight road covers overall. Samford is also 6-1 ATS as a favorite this season. Do I need to keep going? When you find trends this strong, you follow them until they stop cashing. Give me the Samford Bulldogs.

Samford Bulldogs -6.5

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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