Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Spartans versus the Catamounts? Tip off is at at 7:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Ramsey Center in Cullowhee, NC. The over/under for this game is set at 136.5 points, and Western Carolina is favored by -2.5 vs. UNCG in a Southern conference matchup.


The Pick: Western Carolina Catamounts -2.5

This game will be played at Ramsey Center at 7:00 ET on Wednesday, January 24th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-69 in favor of the Catamounts.
  • Not only will Western Carolina pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -2.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 136.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 146 points.

Will UNCG Make it Happen on the Road?

UNCG comes into this game as the underdog, as they are getting 2.5 points on the road. So far this season, the Spartans are 4-5 on the road, compared to a perfect 8-0 at home.

Over their last ten games away from home, UNCG has gone 4-6, and their average margin of victory on the road is -2.3 points per game. They come into this game on a three-game winning streak, and they are 14-5 overall compared to 5-1 in Southern Conference play.

As the underdog, UNCG’s ATS record this season has been 2-4, and over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Spartans are 4-6 vs. the spread. On the road, UNCG is 4-5 ATS this season, and their last 3 road ATS mark is 1-2.

So far this season, the over/under record for UNCG games is 10-7. Today’s over/under line of 136.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (142.7). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 135 points, which is lower than their season average of 142.4 points per game.

UNCG’s offense is coming off a strong performance vs. Wofford, finishing the game with a total of 82 points. Their season average is now 77.1 points per game. The team’s top scorer is Mikeal Brown-Jones, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 20.1, while Keyshaun Langley also carries a PPG average of 13.4 into the game.

At present, the Spartans’ defense is nationally ranked 83rd, allowing 68.0 points per game. In their previous game vs. Wofford, the Terriers finished with a field goal percentage of 52% and a total of 59 points vs. UNCG.

Can Western Carolina Live Up to the Hype at Home?

Western Carolina will look to bounce back from a narrow 65-62 loss to Furman, which dropped their record to 15-4. So far, they have gone 4-1 at home compared to 8-3 on the road.

As the favorite, the Catamounts have gone 9-1 in 10 games this season. They are currently favored by 2.5 points against UNCG, and their average scoring margin at home is +7.0.

When looking at Western Carolina’s ATS record this season, they are currently 10-6. At home, they are just 2-3 vs. the spread this year. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Catamounts are 6-4 ATS.

This season, the over/under record for Western Carolina games is 5-11 and today’s over/under line of 136.5 is lower than the average over/under line in their games this year (144.4). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 129 points.

In their most recent game, the Western Carolina offense put up just 62 points vs. the Furman Paladins. Overall, they are now averaging 75.3 points per game which is 182nd in the country. For the season, the Western Carolina offense has struggled to get to the free-throw line, ranking just 301st in terms of free-throw attempts per game. Their overall field goal percentage is currently 46%.

Western Carolina’s defense has been playing well, ranking 47th nationally, with 65.9 points allowed per game. On average, opposing teams are hitting 4.9 threes per game vs. UNCG. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 30.0%.