On a rainy winter day in Boone, the Mountaineers will host their rivals, the Western Carolina Catamounts in a key SoCon North Division game. Currently only one game separates first and sixth. Western is currently tied for first with Elon at 3-3, while Appalachian is tied for third in a three way tie with Chattanooga, who they lost to 2 weeks ago on the road, and UNCG who they defeated at home earlier this season. Appalachian has a good record against the spread this year at 8-4 while Western is 6-9. The Catamounts are only 4-8 on the road this season straight up. The spread stands at -3.5 for the Mountaineers. In this rivalry game, I expect homecourt to be a huge advantage for Appalachian. Western is only 1-4 in their last 5 games ATS. The Catamounts have not covered as a road underdog since their win against Bradley on Decenmber 20th. I will take the Mountaineers.
Appalachian did their job in covering the spread again. The 12 point home win was highlighted by a 30-36 performance at the free throw line. The work done at the charity stripe won the game. I am now 8-5 this season in lined Mountaineer games.