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#691 Western Carolina vs.
#692 Florida State
Friday, November 15, 2019 at 7:00pm EST
Written by Adam Rauzino



#691 Western Carolina University
#692 Florida State University


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The Florida State Seminoles will host the Western Carolina Catamounts in an inter-conference tilt Friday night from the Donald L. Tucker Center. The Catamounts recorded a 7-25 regular-season record last year and tallied a 90-64 home win against North Carolina AT&T in their previous tilt. The Seminoles posted a stellar 29-8 record last season, and are coming off a big 63-51 road win against Florida. This is the first meeting between these schools since 2001.

Western Carolina Seek Third Straight Win

The Western Carolina Catamounts have bounced back from their season-opening defeat by recording two straight wins. The Catamounts battled a tough opponent against Georgia in their first game and earned wins against Gardner-Webb and North Carolina AT&T in their last two games. Mason Faulkner is locked in so far, netting at least 20 points in two of three games which included 21 points in the defeat to Georgia. The junior guard transferred over from a solid Northern Kentucky program. Faulkner did not play last season due to transfer rules and averaged 5.6 points in the 2017-2018 season. He leads WCU with 18.7 PPG this season.

Carlos Dotson is also playing well to open the season, averaging 15.3 points and 10 boards. The senior forward scored 15 points in the victory against North Carolina AT&T on Tuesday night. Dotson led the Catamounts with 13.9 points last season, and he secured a double-double in the loss to Georgia. Kameron Gibson is scuffling early, converting on 10 of 30 field-goal attempts for an average 11 of points in three games.

Western Carolina was projected to finish in 7th place in the Southern Conference in the preseason poll, and are ranked at 196th in Ken Pomeroy's rankings. The Catamounts are averaging 77 points through three games, ranking them 129th overall. They have allowed an average of 71.3 points, placing them 227th in the country.

Florida State Stuns #6 Florida in Upset Win

The Florida State Seminoles have played an ACC and SEC opponent in their first two games. The Seminoles came up just short in a 63-61 road loss against Pittsburgh and countered with a 63-51 upset road win against #6 Florida in a game that had FSU as 5.5 point underdogs.

The Seminoles basketball program has excelled over the last few years although this year could present a challenge with the loss of their top two scorers. Trent Forrest is a solid player that should be a leader this year. The senior guard averaged 9.3 points and 4.5 boards last season and scored 19 points in the season-opening defeat to Pittsburgh and eight points against Florida.

M.J. Walker is struggling right now but should find his shooting touch. The junior guard is only 3 for 14 from the field in two games for a combined 16 points after logging 7.5 PPG last season. Watch for Patrick Williams who was a five-star recruit. The freshman forward could take time to adjust. He has tallied a combined nine points and four blocks in two games.

The Seminoles are not ranked in the AP Top 25, but Ken Pomeroy has them at 11th in the country in his rankings. Florida State was voted to finish in fifth place in the 15-team ACC which is again a deep conference. The Seminoles scored an average of 74.9 points last year, ranking them 112th in the country. They were a strong defensive squad that limited opponents to 67.2 points, good for 59th overall.

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I expect a convincing win from Florida State in this one. Florida State is playing in their home opener and I expect a dominating win. The Seminoles are playing stellar defense through two games against two good opponents. They limited Pittsburgh and Florida to 63 and 51 points respectively. I expect Florida State to neutralize a Western Carolina team shooting a poor 43% through three games.

Furthermore, the Seminoles should have a breakout game in the offensive end. Western Carolina surrendered 90 points in their lone game against a major conference against Georgia. Florida State will be in the top half of the ACC this season, and this is a team they should defeat by big points.

Prediction: Florida State Seminoles

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I am opting for the over in this one. The Seminoles should be able to replicate the 91 point performance Georgia put up against this Western Carolina team. FSU will go to the free-throw line frequently and they should use their size to their advantage in this game. The over is 6-2 in the Seminoles’ last eight non-conference games.

In addition, while I don’t anticipate a ton of offense from Western Carolina, they are averaging a  solid 77.7 points through three games and scored over 70 points against Georgia. The over is 4-0 in their last four road games, and it should cash again.

Prediction: Over

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The under on the Western Carolina team total offered on PointsBet is a good play. The Seminoles limited Pittsburgh and Florida who was ranked sixth in the country to a combined 29.7% field goal percentage in their two games this season. They have also shut down the three, allowing just a 27% clip from beyond the arc, and the Catamounts are only shooting 35% from deep.

Prediction: Western Carolina Team Total Under

Written By Adam Rauzino

Adam has been a sports fanatic his entire life, closely following hockey, baseball, basketball and football. Adam enjoys analyzing various stats, as well as studying Sabermetrics and analytics to take his picks to a whole new level. Adam has a passion for writing about various sports as well as personal finance and has brought his talents to us here at Winners and Whiners. He graduated with a diploma in business marketing and business finance.