Western Carolina Catamounts vs. West Virginia Mountaineers, NCAA Basketball Betting, Vegas Odds, Picks and Prediction

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WESTERN CAROLINA CATAMOUNTS WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS
3-5 December 7, 7:00 PM | Charleston Civic Center 6-1

When: 7:00 PM ET, Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Where: Charleston Civic Center, Charleston, West Virginia
TV: 7 p.m. ET, ROOT Sports

Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread MoneyLine Total
Western Carolina +34 -110  TBA 135 -110
West Virginia -34 -110  TBA 135 -110
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The Western Carolina Catamounts and the West Virginia Mountaineers will both be gunning for a victory on Monday when they meet at Charleston Civic Center.

ABOUT WESTERN CAROLINA (3-5): The Catamounts, of the Southern Conference, have had to replace four starters from last season, and it’s been a struggle with the team averaging 56.2 points per game – ranked only above Alabama A&M (56.1) among the nation’s 347 Division I teams. Guards Haboubacar Mutombo (12.0 points per game), Deriece Parks (9.4) and Devin Peterson (8.8) are the leading scorers, but as a team, the Catamounts are shooting only 33.5 percent from the field, which ranks 345th nationally. The 6-5 Mutombo (7.1 per contest) and forward Marc Gosselin (6.1) are the leading rebounders on the squad, which has an average rebound margin of minus-0.9.

ABOUT WEST VIRGINIA (6-1): The Mountaineers’ only loss came Nov. 25 against Temple (81-77) in the NIT Season Tip-Off in Brooklyn, but they’ve since rebounded quite nicely with a home rout of Manhattan (108-61) and the win at Virginia. In typical fashion, Huggins’ squad features a balanced scoring attack with eight players averaging at least 6.7 points per outing, led by forwards Nathan Adrian (13.0) and Esa Ahmad (12.6). Adrian (7.3 per game) and Ahmad (4.9) also are the team’s leading rebounders, but West Virginia isn’t its usual overwhelming self on the glass, owning a solid plus-4.9 average rebounding margin.

bovada-logo-top-book currently has the Mountaineers listed as 34-point favorites versus the Catamounts, while the game’s total is sitting at 135 according to MyBookie-White logo -70x40.

West Virginia is riding high after knocking off No. 6 Virginia 66-57 on Saturday and notching the program’s first true road win over a top-10 opponent in 59 years. The upset victory bumped the Mountaineers up to No. 16 in the USA Today Coaches Poll heading into Wednesday’s game against Western Carolina in Charleston, W. Va., the team’s only contest in the state’s capital city this season.

In ending the Cavaliers’ 24-game home win streak, West Virginia applied its trademark pressing defense to record 10 steals as part of 14 turnovers for the hosts. And after Virginia pulled even at 55 with 1:44 to play, the Mountaineers scored the next nine points to take control. “It’s not just stealing the ball,” West Virginia coach Bob Huggins said at his postgame news conference. “It’s the cumulative effect of making them work, not being able to walk the ball up the floor and play at their pace. We want them to play at our pace.” Western Carolina is 3-5 but is also entering the game off a big win, beating rival Appalachian State 58-53 on the road Saturday.

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COLLEGE HOOPS NEWS

1. The schools have met only once since 1950 with West Virginia rolling to an 82-55 home win in 2002.

2. West Virginia leads the nation in turnovers forced per game at 25.43 while Western Carolina ranks 304th with an average of 15.75 turnovers per outing.

3. Adrian has scored at least 10 points and had at least five rebounds in all seven of the Mountaineers’ games.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:
Picks: Western Carolina Catamounts will cover the spread at +34 and the game will go over 135 points, according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com
PREDICTION: West Virginia 89, Western Carolina 58 at bovada-logo-top-book.betnow-vegas-coverage.

SMART CHART
W.CAR TEAM W.VA
56.3 PTS FOR 90.6
70.0 PTS AGNST 60.3
-13.8 DIFF. 30.3
26.1 DEF REBOUNDS 23.9
12.8 OFF REBOUNDS 16.1
33.5 FG% 47.7
62.7 FT% 65.2
7.1 3 POINTERS 8.0
5.3 STEALS 13.1
INJURIES
WESTERN CAROLINA
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
WEST VIRGINIA
PLAYER POS DESCRIPTION
No Injuries to report.
BETTING TRENDS
WESTERN CAROLINA
Western Carolina is 6-19 SU in its last 25 games on the road
WEST VIRGINIA
West Virginia is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
West Virginia is 21-4 SU in its last 25 games at home
SUPERGRID
RANK RANK
Western Carolina’s Overall Scoring vs West Virginia’s Overall Defense 56.3 351 60.3 19
Western Carolina’s Away Scoring vs West Virginia’s Home Defense 50.7 344 60.8 71
Western Carolina’s Road Rebounds vs West Virginia’s Home Rebounds Allowed 36.3 128 36.3 244
West Virginia’s Overall Scoring vs Western Carolina’s Overall Defense 90.6 7 70.0 147
West Virginia’s Home Scoring vs Western Carolina’s Road Defense 94.7 14 74.3 152
West Virginia’s Home Rebounds vs Western Carolina’s Road Rebounds Allowed 42.0 67 42.2 315
POWER STATS
SHOOTING PERCENTAGE
TEAM OFF DEF DIFF
W.CAR 33.5 41.2 -7.7
W.VA 47.7 39.8 7.9
REBOUNDING
TEAM OFF DEF TOTAL
W.CAR 12.8 26.1 38.9
W.VA 16.1 23.9 40.0
ASSIST/TURNOVER RATIO
TEAM ASSISTS TURNOVERS RATIO
W.CAR 11.3 15.8 0.7
W.VA 18.7 10.7 1.7

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