The Samford Bulldogs (9-21, 3-13 SoCon) will travel to Ramsey Center to meet the Western Carolina Catamounts (17-10, 9-7 SoCon) in their home finale. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.
Samford Bulldogs vs. Western Carolina Catamounts ATS Preview
The Bulldogs were beaten by the East Tennessee State Buccaneers in their last contest, 80-74. Samford’s Robert Allen had a good game, leading both teams in scoring with 25 points on 10-for-17 shooting. East Tennessee State had an offensive rebounding percentage of 52.6 (above their season average of 33.3). Samford, on the other hand, had an effective field goal percentage of 0.596 (above their season average of 0.490).
In the Catamounts’ previous matchup, they defeated the Citadel Bulldogs, 96-84. Western Carolina was lifted by Carlos Dotson, who was the team’s high scorer with 23 points on 7-for-14 shooting. Western Carolina dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a superb offensive rebounding percentage of 30.6 (above their season average of 29.3) and a turnover percentage of 9.4 (better than their season average of 17.7). Citadel was 16.1 and 17.6, respectively, for those same stats.
These two squads have already met once this season. The Catamounts won 78-70. Western Carolina’s effective field goal percentage was its largest strength over Samford. The Catamounts had a rate of 0.525 while the Bulldogs posted a mark of 0.365. Dotson put up a double-double in the victory with 20 points and 14 rebounds.
Both teams have had a player trending in the right direction over their last five games. For the Bulldogs, it’s been Allen, who has averaged 17 points,7.6 rebounds,1.6 blocks, while the Catamounts have gotten great contributions from Dotson (19 points,12.4 rebounds).
Western Carolina could dominate on the offensive side of the ball as their high-powered offense squares off against one of the NCAA’s worst defenses. The Catamounts currently rank 42nd in offensive efficiency, while Samford ranks 331st in defensive efficiency.
Samford vs. Western Carolina Prediction
Prediction: SU Winner – Western Carolina, ATS Winner – Western Carolina, O/U – Under
The Bulldogs rank 106th in blocks per game (3.3) while the Catamounts rank 233rd (1.7).
Samford averages 6.8 steals per game, which ranks 97th in the nation. Western Carolina ranks 144th in steals allowed per game (6.7).
Western Carolina averages 26.6 three pointers per game, which ranks 31st in the nation. Samford ranks 297th in three pointers allowed per game (29.3).
The Catamounts rank 71st in assists per game (14.3) while the Bulldogs rank 267th in assists allowed per game (18.4).
Western Carolina averages 37.9 rebounds per game, which ranks 63rd in the country. Samford ranks 255th in rebounds allowed per game (38.4).
The Catamounts have been outscored by an average of 2.8 points in their last five games. For the season, Western Carolina has defeated opponents by an average of 3.9 points.
During their last five games, the Bulldogs have scored an average of 70.4 points per game (3.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 85.8 points per game (4.9 above their season average).