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Citadel vs Western Carolina Pick & Preview: Wednesday, January 25th Betting Odds

Bulldogs vs Catamounts Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Citadel Bulldogs at Western Carolina Catamounts
  • Where: Cullowhee at Ramsey Center
  • Date: Wednesday, January 25th
  • Betting Odds: Citadel +6.5, CITA +227 | WCAR -284 O/U 140.0

Bulldogs Preview:

Citadel will take the floor against the Catamounts with an overall record of 8-12. So far, the Bulldogs have played 11 games on the road, with a record of 4-7. For the season, Citadel has been the underdog in 15 games, sitting with a mark of 4-11. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Bulldogs being +6.5 point underdogs.

Stephen Clark comes into today’s game as the Bulldogs’ leading scorer at 16.9 points per contest. Not only has Clark been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Citadel’s top rebounder at 6.7 boards per contest. Behind Clark, the team has benefited from the strong play of Austin Ash, who is second on the team in scoring at 14.95 points per game. Overall, he has hit 37.8% of his shots and is adding 5.1 boards per game.

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Citadel comes into today’s matchup vs Western Carolina, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 76.8 points per game. Through 20 games, they have hit 44.5% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Bulldogs have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 287th in possessions per game.

Catamounts Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Citadel, the Western Carolina Catamounts will be taking the floor for the 22nd time this season and have an overall record of 11-10. Currently, the Catamounts have been the home team 11 times, sitting with a record of 8-3. The Catamounts’ are sitting with a betting line that is -6.5 points in their favor. For the season, Western Carolina has been favored to win in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 3-2.

Tyzhaun Claude comes into today’s game as the Catamounts’ leading scorer at 15.05 points per contest. Not only has Claude been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Western Carolina’s top rebounder at 8.33 boards per contest. Behind Claude, the team has benefited from the strong play of Vonterius Woolbright, who is second on the team in scoring at 14.0 points per game. Overall, he has hit 46.4% of his shots and is adding 7.2 boards per game.

Offensive production has been hard to come by for Western Carolina this season, as they are currently ranked 221st in college basketball at 70.7 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Catamounts’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 31.9%, placing them 372nd in the NCAA.

Free Spread Prediction: Western Carolina Catamounts -6.5

Heading into this matchup, with the Western Carolina Catamounts sitting as -6.5 point favorites, we like them to pick up the win and cover the spread. Both team’s will be coming into the game looking to get up shots from outside, as Western Carolina and Citadel are averaging 10.0 and 10.71 made 3’s per game, respectively. One trend that we feel strongly about is the fact that Western Carolina has historically performed well against the spread at home, going 6-4 ATS (last 10). Before tonight’s matchup, we recommend getting a wager down on the Catamounts to cover at -6.5.

 


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