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East Tennessee State vs Western Carolina Pick & Preview: Wednesday, February 15th Betting Odds
Buccaneers vs Catamounts Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: East Tennessee State Buccaneers at Western Carolina Catamounts
- Where: Cullowhee at Ramsey Center
- Date: Wednesday, February 15th
- Betting Odds: East Tennessee State +3, ETNST +127 | WCAR -155 O/U 140.5
East Tennessee State will take the floor against the Catamounts with an overall record of 10-17. On the road, the Buccaneers will be playing their 11th game of the season, having gone 4-7. So far, the Buccaneers have been the underdog 13 times, going 4-9 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +3 underdogs on the spread.
East Tennessee State’s leading scorer this season is Jalen Haynes, who is averaging 14.48 points per contest. So far, Haynes has accounted for 20.93% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 6.11 rebounds per game and 1.19 assists. Jordan King is the second leading scorer for the Buccaneers, averaging 14.19 points per game. Between him and King, they are accounting for 41.4% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for East Tennessee State this season, as they are currently ranked 169th in college basketball at 72.1 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 Buccaneers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 35.0%, placing them 177th in the NCAA.
Through 27 games, the Western Carolina Catamounts have an overall record of 14-13. Currently, the Catamounts have been the home team 14 times, sitting with a record of 9-5. The Catamounts’ are sitting with a betting line that is -3 points in their favor. For the season, Western Carolina has been favored to win in 8 games, sitting with a mark of 5-3.
Western Carolina will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Tre Jackson who is averaging 15.73 points per game for the Catamounts. Jackson is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Catamounts’ offensive game plan is the play of Tyzhaun Claude who has hit 51.7% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 15.4 points 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 -3
Heading into this matchup, with the Western Carolina Catamounts sitting as -3 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 East Tennessee State are averaging 10.0 and 8.78 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 -3.