Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Catamounts versus the Paladins? Tip off is at at 2:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Timmons Arena in Greenview, SC. This Southern conference matchup has an over/under of 152.5 points, and the Paladins are favored to win at home vs. the Catamounts.

WESTERN CAROLINA CATAMOUNTS VS FURMAN PALADINS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Furman Paladins -4

This game will be played at Timmons Arena at 2:00 ET on Saturday, January 20th.

WHY BET THE FURMAN PALADINS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 77-69 in favor of the Paladins.
  • Not only will Furman pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -4.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 152.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 146 points.

Will Western Carolina Come Through as Road Underdogs?

Western Carolina is 15-3 this season and 4-1 in Southern Conference play. They are 8-2 on the road and have won five straight games away from home. So far, the Catamounts have been the underdog in five games, going 3-2 in those contests.

In their most recent game, Western Carolina fell to Samford by a score of 75-71. Over their last 10 road games, the Catamounts are 8-2, and they have gone 5-0 in their last five games on the road.

Western Carolina’s ATS mark this year is 9-6 and they are 7-3 vs. the spread on the road. As the underdog, the Catamounts are 3-2 vs. the spread this season and 6-4 over their last 10 games as the underdog. On the road, Western Carolina has gone 3-0 ATS over their last 3 games and 7-3 over their last 10 games.

Western Carolina’s over/under record for the season is 5-10 and today’s line of 152.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (143.8). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 135 points and this year, 13 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s line.

In their latest game, Western Carolina offense put up 71 points against Samford. They recorded an overall field goal percentage of 39.1% and made 8 threes. Currently leading the team in scoring is Vonterius Woolbright who comes into today’s matchup averaging 20.7. Tre Jackson also heads into the game with a PPG average of 13.2.

In the current season, the Western Carolina defense has excelled, sitting 51st in the nation by allowing 66.0 points per game. Against Samford in their most recent game, the Western Carolina defense gave up a total of 75 points while allowing Samford to hit 39% of their shots.

Is A Home Victory Likely for Favored Furman?

Despite an overall record of just .500, Furman has been dominant at home, going 6-1 this season. Their average scoring margin at home is +10.1, and they have won four straight games at home.

Coming off a 100-60 win over VMI, Furman has now won three straight games. They are 7-1 this season when favored, and they have been favored in eight of their 18 games.

As the favorite this season, Furman has gone 5-3 against the spread. In their last 10 games as the favorite, the Paladins have an ATS record of 6-4.

This season, the over/under record for Furman games sits at 9-6. So far, the average scoring total in their games is 161.5 points, which is higher than the average over/under line of 156.6. On the year, the average margin between the actual scoring total and the over/under line is 4.9 points. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 155 points and during their last five games, it’s 148 points. So far this season, 10 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line of 152.5.

Furman’s offense is coming off a strong performance, scoring 100 points against VMI. They had an overall field goal percentage of 48% and made 10/15 free throws. Alex Williams was the leading scorer for the Paladins, putting up 23 points. In addition, Carter Whitt contributed 21 points.

So far, the Paladins’ defense is ranked 274th in the country at 77.5 points per contest. Against VMI in their most recent game, the Furman defense gave up a total of 60 points while allowing VMI to hit 38% of their shots.