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Western Carolina vs Citadel Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 14th Betting Odds

Catamounts vs Bulldogs Matchup at a Glance

  • Sport: NCAAB
  • Teams: Western Carolina Catamounts at Citadel Bulldogs
  • Where: Charleston at McAlister Field House
  • Date: Saturday, January 14th
  • Betting Odds: Western Carolina -1.5, WCAR -127 | CITA +104 O/U 144.5

Catamounts Preview:

Heading into today’s matchup vs Citadel, the Western Carolina Catamounts will be taking the floor for the 19th time this season and have an overall record of 10-8. So far, the Catamounts have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 3-5. This season, Western Carolina has been favored to win in 4 games, sitting with a mark of 3-1. For today’s contest, Western Carolina has a betting line set -1.5 points in their favor.

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Tyzhaun Claude comes into today’s game as the Catamounts’ leading scorer at 14.78 points per contest. Not only has Claude been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Western Carolina’s top rebounder at 8.06 boards per contest. Behind Claude, the team has benefited from the strong play of Tre Jackson, who is second on the team in scoring at 13.82 points per game. Overall, he has hit 40.8% of his shots and is adding 4.06 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.

Bulldogs Preview:

Citadel will be looking to pick up a win in today’s game vs Western Carolina in order to snap their current 4 game losing streak. Currently, the Bulldogs have been the home team 8 times, sitting with a record of 3-5. So far, the Bulldogs have been the underdog 12 times, going 2-10 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1.5 underdogs on the spread.

Stephen Clark comes into today’s game as the Bulldogs’ leading scorer at 16.59 points per contest. Not only has Clark been key to the team’s scoring efforts, but he is Citadel’s top rebounder at 6.59 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 15.29 points per game. Overall, he has hit 38.6% of his shots and is adding 4.94 boards per game.

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 17 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.

Free Spread Prediction: Citadel Bulldogs +1.5

A key to this matchup, will be 3-point shooting. Coming into the game, both Western Carolina and Citadel are excellent 3-point shooting teams, averaging 10.0 and 10.71 made 3’s per game, respectively. In terms of the odds, we like the Citadel Bulldogs to cover as +1.5 point dogs. Look for their defense to do a good enough job closing out on the Catamounts’ outside shooters to make things difficult for Western Carolina. At +1.5 we like the chances of Citadel covering the spread as underdogs.

 


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