The No. 12 Cincinnati Bearcats (1-0) will be at home in BB&T Arena when they meet the Western Carolina Catamounts (0-1). The game’s Over/Under (O/U) opened at 137.5 points with Cincinnati set as a 28-point favorite. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Monday, November 13, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN 3.
Western Carolina Catamounts vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Free Preview
The Catamounts lost big to the Clemson Tigers in their last matchup, 85-57. They were not able to cover as 20-point underdogs. With 10 points on 5-for-11 shooting, Haboubacar Mutombo was Western Carolina’s leading scorer. Clemson was effective at getting and making free throws. The Tigers made 25 of their 31 free throws (80.6 percent), while the Catamounts were just 7-14 (50.0 percent). The two teams combined to put up 142 points, which was just over the O/U total of 139.5.
In the Bearcat’s last matchup, they dismantled the Savannah State Tigers, 107-77. Cincinnati’s Gary Clark played a key role with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Cincinnati dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 50.0 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.552. Savannah State was 14.9 and 0.439, respectively, for those same stats.
From an effective field goal percentage perspective, Cincinnati figures to have a noteworthy advantage. Dating back to last season, the Bearcats defense ranks 10th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.451), while the Western Carolina offense ranks 344th in effective field goal percentage (0.439).
Since last season, the Catamounts are 9-24 straight up (SU) and 10-17 against the spread (ATS). Western Carolina games have had a slight tendency to go under the projected point total since last season (51.9 percent).
The Bearcats, on the other hand, are 30-5 SU and 17-15-1 ATS since last season. Cincinnati’s games have gone under the projected point total 51.5 percent of the time over that same period.
Western Carolina Catamounts vs. Cincinnati Bearcats Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Cincinnati, ATS Winner – Western Carolina, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Bearcats rank 37th in rebounds allowed per game (32.3) while the Catamounts rank 193rd (35.6).
- Cincinnati ranks 138th in three pointers attempted per game (21.7) while Western Carolina ranks 258th (18.5).
- Cincinnati ranks third in steals allowed per game (3.8) while Western Carolina ranks 271st (8.5).
- The Bearcats rank 40th in assists per game (15.8) while the Catamounts rank 272nd (11.3).
- Cincinnati ranks 26th in blocks per game (4.9) while Western Carolina ranks 240th (2.3).