Furman vs Western Carolina Prediction: Odds, Picks, Best Bets – Sunday, March 5, 2023

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The No. 1 seed Furman Paladins (25-7, 15-3 SoCon) will play in the SoCon Tournament against the No. 4 seed Western Carolina Catamounts (18-14, 10-8 SoCon). The teams will face off Sunday at 4:00 PM live on ESPNU.

The Paladins match up against the Catamounts in a game that Furman is currently a substantial favorite by 12.5 points. The matchup’s over/under is 149.5.

Furman vs. Western Carolina Odds

Point Spread for Furman vs. Western Carolina

The spread for this matchup is set at 12.5 points, with oddsmakers listing Furman as the favorite.

Furman vs. Western Carolina Moneyline

As for the moneyline, Furman has -809 odds to pick up the win, while Western Carolina is listed at +554 to claim victory.


Finally, the total for the game is set at 149.5 points.

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Game Time and How to Watch

  • Game Day: Sunday, March 5, 2023
  • Game Time: 4:00 PM ET
  • TV Channel: ESPNU
  • Location: Asheville, North Carolina
  • Arena: Harrah’s Cherokee Center Asheville

Furman vs. Western Carolina Betting Trends

Furman has played 29 games, with 17 wins against the spread. The Paladins have come away with 21 wins in the 26 contests they have been listed as the favorites in this season. Furman’s games this year have gone over the total in 15 out of 31 opportunities (48.4%).

In Western Carolina’s 31 games this season, it has 17 wins against the spread. The Catamounts have been the underdog on the moneyline 20 total times this season. They’ve gone 9-11 in those games. Western Carolina’s games this season have hit the over 15 times in 31 opportunities (48.4%).

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Furman vs. Western Carolina Key Players to Watch


Jalen Slawson posts a team-leading 7.2 rebounds per game. He is also averaging 15.6 points and 3.3 assists, shooting 55.4% from the floor and 38.5% from downtown with 1.1 made 3-pointers per contest. Mike Bothwell is tops on his team in both points (17.8) and assists (3) per contest, and also averages 3.5 rebounds. Defensively, he delivers 0.9 steals and 0.2 blocked shots. JP Pegues posts a team-high 4 assists per contest. He is also posting 11.4 points and 3.7 rebounds, shooting 42.1% from the field and 36.7% from beyond the arc with 1.9 made 3-pointers per game. Marcus Foster is averaging 11 points, 1.1 assists and 5 rebounds per game.

Western Carolina

Vonterius Woolbright leads the Catamounts in assists (5 per game), and averages 14.3 points and 7.4 rebounds. He also posts 1 steal and 0.3 blocked shots. Tyzhaun Claude is the Catamounts’ top rebounder (8.5 per game), and he averages 15.4 points and 0.6 assists. Tre Jackson leads the Catamounts in scoring (15.8 points per game), and posts 3.8 rebounds and 1.7 assists. He also delivers 1.1 steals and 0.1 blocked shots. Russell Jones is averaging 9.4 points, 2.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per contest, making 40.2% of his shots from the floor and 35.2% from 3-point range, with 1.8 triples per game.

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What you need to know about the Furman Paladins

A total of 10 out of Furman’s 19 SoCon games this season have hit the over. The Paladins have been carried by their offense, as they rank 11th-best in the nation by tallying 81.9 points per game. They rank 200th in college basketball in points allowed (70.7 per contest). This season, Furman is averaging 32.9 rebounds per game (108th-ranked in college basketball) and ceding 29.6 rebounds per contest (91st-ranked).

Furman is top-25 this year in three-point shooting, ranking 14th-best in college basketball with 9.7 threes per game. Meanwhile, it ranks 127th with a 35.2% shooting percentage from three-point land. With 6.9 threes conceded per game, the Paladins rank 136th in college basketball. They are giving up a 33.7% shooting percentage from downtown, which ranks 180th in college basketball.

The Paladins have a 7-3 record against the spread while going 9-1 overall in their past 10 contests. In its past 10 contests, Furman has hit the over four times. Furman has seen a downturn in scoring lately, racking up 79.9 points per game in its last 10 outings, two points fewer than the 81.9 it has scored this season. Furman has been slightly better on the defensive end of the floor recently, giving up 65.6 points per game over its last 10 contests compared to the 70.7 it has conceded per game this season.

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What you need to know about the Western Carolina Catamounts

Western Carolina is 11-8-0 ATS in conference games this year. The Catamounts are 119th in the nation in points scored (74.3 per game) and 190th in points allowed (70.5). Western Carolina is 84th in the nation in rebounds per game (33.4) and 230th in rebounds allowed (31.8).

Western Carolina is 43rd in college basketball in 3-pointers made (8.8 per game) and 154th in 3-point percentage (34.8%). The Catamounts are the 20th-best team in the country in 3-pointers conceded (5.7 per game) and 120th in 3-point percentage defensively (33%).

The Catamounts have gone 7-3 over their last 10 games, with a 6-4 record against the spread in that span. Six of Western Carolina’s past 10 contests have gone over the total. While Western Carolina is putting up 74.3 points per game in 2022-23, it has fallen short of that over its previous 10 games, tallying 73 points per contest. The Catamounts are giving up 73 points per game in their previous 10 games, compared to their season average of 70.5 points allowed.

Furman vs. Western Carolina Prediction & Pick

Our prediction to win this matchup is Furman, and we predict that Western Carolina will cover the spread (Furman -12.5). Finally, we see the scoring in this one going under the posted total of 149.5 points.

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Dan Weiner

Hailing from Atlanta and attending college at the University of Texas, Dan is passionate about sports, particularly college football and soccer. He's a diehard Atlanta pro sports and Texas Longhorns fan. He likes every sport and will watch anything and everything the weirder the better. He joined Betsperts after an 11 year career in television production at ESPN.

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