The Western Carolina Catamounts (12-3, 4-0 SoCon) put their five-game winning streak on the line when they take on the Furman Paladins (14-4, 4-1 SoCon) at Timmons Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 15, 2020.
Western Carolina Catamounts vs. Furman Paladins ATS Preview
The Catamounts defeated the Mercer Bears in their last contest, 79-71. Mason Faulkner led Western Carolina in scoring with 18 points on 3-for-12 shooting. Western Carolina played a nearly flawless game. They had an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.510 (above their season average of 0.240) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.520 (below their season average of 0.564). Mercer recorded marks of 0.333 and 0.397, respectively, for those same stats.
In the Paladins’ last game, they were defeated by the UNCG Spartans, 86-73. Noah Gurley was the game’s leading scorer with 27 points on 9-for-13 shooting. UNCG coerced the Paladins into a turnover percentage of 21.8 (above their season average of 14.9). Furman, on the other hand, had a free throw rate of 0.327 (above their season average of 0.185).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams. The Paladins won both matchups played against each other last season. In the last matchup, Furman won 64-45. The Paladins played a flawless game. They had a turnover percentage of 17.6 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.465. The Catamounts put up marks of 28.3 and 0.363, respectively, for those same stats.
It might turn into a shootout as two of the country’s premier offenses square off. Furman ranks 17th with 112.2 points per 100 possessions and Western Carolina is 14th (112.5).
Western Carolina at Furman Odds Prediction
Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Western Carolina, ATS Winner – Western Carolina, O/U – Over
The Catamounts rank 61st in assists per game (14.9) while the Paladins rank 161st in assists allowed per game (13.5).
Western Carolina ranks 47th in rebounds per game (39.2) while Furman ranks 248th (32.5).
The Paladins rank 41st in steals per game (8.2) while the Catamounts rank 178th (5.7).
Furman ranks 33rd in three pointers attempted per game (26.9) while Western Carolina ranks 150th in three pointers allowed per game (22.1).
The Paladins’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 4.2, down from 12.4 for the season.
During their last five games, the Catamounts have scored an average of 91.8 points per game (9.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 72.2 points per game (0.7 below their season average).