Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Catamounts versus the Buccaneers? Tip off is at at 7:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Freedom Hall Civic Center in Johnson City, TN. The odds for this Southern conference game currently have the Buccaneers as the betting favorite with the over/under line sitting at 144 points.

WESTERN CAROLINA CATAMOUNTS VS EAST TENNESSEE STATE BUCCANEERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: East Tennessee State Buccaneers -1

This game will be played at Freedom Hall Civic Center at 7:00 ET on Wednesday, January 10th.

WHY BET THE EAST TENNESSEE STATE BUCCANEERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-69 in favor of the Buccaneers.
  • Not only will East Tennessee State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 144 points, and we like the over with a projected 146 points.

Can the Catamounts Lock in a Win at Johnson City?

Western Carolina has been on fire lately, winning five straight games to improve to 13-2 on the season. The Catamounts have been especially tough at home, going 4-0 with an average scoring margin of +9.8 points per game.

On the road, Western Carolina has gone 6-2, including a three-game winning streak. Overall, the Catamounts have gone 3-2 as the underdog this season.

Western Carolina has been solid against the spread this season with a 7-5 record. On the road, they are 5-3 vs. the spread this year. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Catamounts have gone 6-4 vs. the spread.

Western Carolina’s over/under record sits at 4-8 this season, and today’s line of 144 is similar to the average over/under line in its games (143.1). On the year, the average scoring total in Catamounts’ games is 141.1 points, and their OU record over the last three games is 1-1. In their last five games, the average scoring total is 138 points.

In their recent matchup, the Western Carolina offense ended with 70 points against Wofford. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 42.9% and made 8 threes. The top scorer for the Catamounts was DJ Campbell with 18 points, while Vonterius Woolbright also chipped in with 18 points.

Western Carolina’s defense has been playing well, ranking 65th nationally, with 66.3 points allowed per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Western Carolina’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 33.6% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 27.8% this season.

Can the Buccaneers Pull Out the Win as Home Favorites?

East Tennessee State has been a different team at home compared to on the road this season. They are 5-0 at home compared to 2-6 on the road. In their last ten home games, the Buccaneers are a perfect 10-0.

So far, East Tennessee State has been favored in five games, going 4-1 in those matchups. Their average scoring margin at home this season is +7.6 points per game, and their average scoring margin on the road is -7.9 points per game.

As the favorite this season, East Tennessee State has gone just 2-3 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Buccaneers have a mark of 3-7 vs. the spread.

East Tennessee State has an over/under record of 7-6 this season, and today’s over/under line of 144 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (139.8). So far, 11 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the over/under record is 2-1 with an average scoring total of 142 points.

The East Tennessee State offense is coming off a game in which they scored 54 points vs. UNCG. Overall their field goal percentage was 33.9% while connecting on 7 threes. Jaden Seymour led the team in scoring, putting up 13 points. Additionally, Ebby Asamoah contributed 11 points for the Buccaneers.

So far this season, the East Tennessee State defense has been performing well, ranking 90th in the country at 67.9 points allowed per contest. In their previous game vs. UNCG, the Spartans finished with a field goal percentage of 46% and a total of 70 points vs. East Tennessee State.