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Wofford vs. Western Carolina - 2/9/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Western Carolina at Wofford
Date & Time Saturday February 9, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Location
Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium
Spartanburg, SC
The Line
Wofford Terriers -22 -- Over/Under: 150
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Western Carolina Catamounts will travel to Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium to take on the Wofford Terriers this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Western Carolina Catamounts lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 6-19 (3-9 Southern) on the season after being defeated by the Furman Paladins, 64-45, this past Thursday. Western Carolina had no answers on the offensive end against the Furman defense and couldn’t fight back after trailing by a 26-13 margin at halftime. Western Carolina shot just 31.4% from the field and 26.3% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Catamounts was Carlos Dotson who had 7 points, 14 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal.

On the season, Western Carolina is averaging 70.8 ppg on 45.8% shooting from the field. The Catamounts are averaging 9.0 three-pointers per game on 37.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Western Carolina has been led by Kameron Gibson (13.4 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 1.8 apg), Carlos Dotson (13.3 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 1.6 apg), Matt Halvorsen (11.9 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 2.7 apg), and Onno Steger (11.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 2.0 apg).

Defensively, Western Carolina is allowing their opponents to average 79.4 ppg on 48.0% shooting from the field. The Catamounts have a rebound margin of 4.3 and a turnover margin of -8.4.

The Wofford Terriers won their 11th straight game and improved to 20-4 (12-0 Southern) on the season after defeating the East Tennessee State Buccaneers, 78-76 in OT, this past Thursday. In a tight back and forth game, East Tennessee State had no answers for the Terriers Fletcher Magee in OT who scored 11 points in overtime, which including a free-throw that made it a two-possession game for the Terries with just :08 seconds left in OT.  Wofford shot 50.0% from the field and 42.3% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Terriers was Fletcher Magee who had 32 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal.

On the season, Wofford is averaging 83.1 ppg on 48.9% shooting from the field. The Terriers are averaging 10.9 three-pointers per game on 41.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Wofford has been led by Fletcher Magee (19.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.5 apg), Cameron Jackson (15.0 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.5 spg, 1.1 bpg), Nathan Hoover (13.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 1.1 apg), and Storm Murphy (8.1 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 3.3 apg).

Defensively, Wofford is holding their opponents to an average of 66.3 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field. The Terriers have a rebound margin of 7.1 and a turnover margin of 3.1.

The Catamounts are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games following an ATS loss. The Terriers are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400, however, are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 home games.

Western Carolina has lost 5 of their last 6 games and has really struggled defensively this season as they rank just 334th in scoring defense, 342nd in defensive FG%, and 345th in steals per game.

Wofford continues to pileup wins in a very tough Southern Conference and has been outstanding on both ends of the court this season as they rank 20th in scoring offense, 16th in FG%, and 54th in scoring defense.

Wofford is one of the better mid-major teams in all of College Basketball, however, they have struggled ATS at home as of late and this is just a bunch of points to cover. Western Carolina lost by a 74-54 margin at home against Wofford and although I don’t think they have any chance to win this game, I think they could get out a backdoor cover after Wofford lets their foot off the gas in the 2nd half. I’m taking Western Carolina and the points. Good Luck!

Pick:
Western Carolina Catamounts +22

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