UNC Greensboro Spartans at Western Carolina Catamounts – NCAAM February 22

UNC Greensboro at Western Carolina

  • Time: 2 PST – 4 CST – 5 EST
  • Place: Ramsey Regional Activity Center, Cullowhee, NC
  • TV: ESPN+

Opening Tip:

UNC Greensboro is atop the SoCon standings as the Spartans are tied with Furman in the loss column with four losses. The Spartans have won 10 out of their last 12 games and are 6-2 on the road in that run.

Western Carolina has had a tough season as coach Mark Prosser rebuilds in his second season. The Catamounts have lost three in a row and five out of six and are 2-4 at home in Southern Conference play.

The Spartans have won nine in a row in the series as this is the first game of a home and home series which returns to Greensboro on Wednesday.

Vs. The Spread:

UNCG:

  • The Spartans are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of UNCG’s last 6 games
  • The Spartans are 6-3 ATS in their last 9 games vs. WCU

Western Carolina:

  • The Cats are 0-6-1 ATS in their last 7 contests
  • The UNDER has been the play in 7 of the last 9 Catamounts’ games
  • The total has gone under in the last 6 homes games for WCU

Last Time Out:

Mohammad Abdulsalam had 15 points and seven boards and Isaiah Miller had 12 points and 11 rebounds as Greensboro slipped past Chattanooga, 60-55, on Saturday, The Spartans held the Mocs to 35.2 percent from the field and the also held the Mocs to a season-low 21 points in the second half.

Cory Hightower scored a season-high 26 points, but Western Carolina dropped an 80-56 decision to Wofford on Saturday. The Terriers shredded the WCU defense as they shot 56.9 percent from the field while they made 10 triples.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
NC Greensboro -8 (-115) -375 O 142½ (-115)
Western Carolina +8 (-105) +305 U 142½ (-105)

Advantage, UNCG:

Defending has been a chore for Western Carolina as opponents have shot 46.7 percent from the field and 36 percent from three. This extends over to forcing turnovers as there have only been an average off 11 miscues per opponent. Isaiah Miller (18.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 6.6 apg) is a tough matchup in this regard as he has a strong chance to vie for the Player of the Year in the SoCon. Mohammad Abdulsalam (7.0 ppg, 6.9 rpg) could be ready for a big game inside as the Catamounts allow opponents to make 55.2 percent of their two-point shots.

Key Spartans Stat:

Keyshaun Langley has scored in double figures in five consecutive games and six of UNCG’s last seven contests. He has made 14 triples over those six games and has 10 games where he has dished four or more assists,

X-Factor:

The Spartans have a solid presence on the glass as they average 13.) per outing (13th/NCAA) and UNCG is 24th in rebounding as well in pulling down 39.8 per night. With Hayden Koval’s length inside, they have blocked 91 shots (31st/NCAA) as he has 54. The presence of Miller and Langley in the backcourt as staked the Spartans to a (+3.5) turnover margin.

Advantage, Western Carolina:

The Catamounts have to push the ball into the paint and challenge Abdulsalam and Koval at the rim. This may be a losing proposition, but Mason Faulkner off the dribble is a threat as he has 88 assists and 109 free throw attempts in leading the Catamounts in scoring at 15.9 points per game. Cory Hightower also has a string of eight straight games in double figures as he has averaged 18.7 points and 6.3 rebounds in his last three contests. Hightower is an athletic 6-7 forward who can get his baskets by using his athleticism.

Key Catamounts Stat:

Freshman guard Sin’cere McMahon has been a factor on offense in his last two games. McMahon made 11-of-20 shots and as he averaged 13 points per game in the two and he also made six triples while averaging 30 minutes.

X-Factor:

The defensive end of the floor is where the Catamounts have to concentrate on trying to get better to win any game. They give up 78 points per game while scoring a healthy 75. The last six opponents have shot 44.1 percent or better while they have made 61 threes in the last six games.

WINNER: UNCG (-8) 76, Western Carolina 61

The Bets
UNCG (-8)
-105
UNCG
-375
UNDER 142½
-105
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Kenneth Cross / Author

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