Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Catamounts versus the Bulldogs? Tip off is at at 9:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPNU. The game will be played at Pete Hanna Center in Homewood, AL. The over/under for this Southern conference contest is set at 156.5 points, with Samford being favored by -6.5 at home against Western Carolina.

WESTERN CAROLINA CATAMOUNTS VS SAMFORD BULLDOGS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Western Carolina Catamounts +6.5

This game will be played at Pete Hanna Center at 9:00 ET on Wednesday, February 14th.

WHY BET THE WESTERN CAROLINA CATAMOUNTS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Bulldogs.
  • Even though we have Samford winning straight-up, we like Western Carolina at +6.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 156.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 145 points.

Does Western Carolina Stand a Chance on the Road?

Western Carolina will be the underdog in this matchup, as they have a record of 3-3 when they are the underdog this season. They come into this game with a record of 18-7, including a 7-5 record in Southern Conference games. On the road, the Catamounts have gone 8-4, and they have a scoring margin of +2.8 points per game.

In their last game, Western Carolina defeated Mercer by a score of 79-46. Over their last 10 road games, the Catamounts have gone 6-4, and they are currently on a two-game winning streak.

As the underdog, Western Carolina has gone 4-2 vs. the spread this season. On the road, the Catamounts are 8-4 ATS and 2-1 in their last three road games. Overall, Western Carolina is 12-10 vs. the spread this year.

Western Carolina’s over/under record this season is 9-13 and the average scoring total in their games is 144.7 points. Today’s over/under line of 156.5 is higher than the average OU line in their games (143.9). So far this year, 16 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s line.

In their recent game, the Catamounts’ offense concluded with 79 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 77.4 points per contest. Offensively, the Catamounts have a season long field goal percentage of 45%, which is 146th in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 88th in percentage and 90th in three-pointers made.

At present, the Catamounts’ defense is nationally ranked 80th, allowing 68.2 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Western Carolina’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 37.4% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 30.0% this season.

Can the Bulldogs Lock in a Home Win?

Samford enters this game with a record of 22-3, and the Bulldogs have won five straight games. They are a perfect 16-0 when favored this season, and they are currently favored by 6.5 points.

At home this season, Samford has gone 11-0, and they have won their last 11 games at home. Over their last 10 home games, the Bulldogs have gone a perfect 10-0.

As the favorite this season, Samford has gone 11-5 vs. the spread. Their overall ATS record is 14-8, and at home, they are 7-4. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Bulldogs are 7-3, but their last three favorite ATS mark is just 1-2.

Samford’s over/under record for the season sits at 9-13, and today’s line of 156.5 is in line with the average over/under line in their games (156.2). So far, 13 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 148 points, and their OU record over their last 10 games is 3-7.

Samford’s offense is coming off a strong performance vs. VMI, finishing the game with a total of 102 points. Their season average is now 88 points per game. Jaden Campbell led the team in scoring, putting up 16 points. Additionally, Rylan Jones contributed 16 points for the Bulldogs.

Currently, the Bulldogs’ defense holds the 206th rank in the nation, allowing 73.9 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Samford’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 40.9% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 30.6% this season.