Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Bears versus the Catamounts? Tip off is at at 3:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Ramsey Center in Cullowhee, NC. The over/under line for this matchup is currently at 138.5 points, and Western Carolina is favored by -8.5 to win at home against Mercer.


The Pick: Mercer Bears +8.5

This game will be played at Ramsey Center at 3:00 ET on Saturday, February 10th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Catamounts.
  • Even though we have Western Carolina winning straight-up, we like Mercer at +8.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 138.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Will the Bears Pull Through as the Away Underdog?

Coming off a 78-69 win over Furman, Mercer enters this game with an 11-13 record, including a 4-7 mark in Southern Conference play. Over their last 10 games, the Bears have gone just 3-7 on the road.

As an underdog this season, Mercer has gone 4-9, compared to 5-3 when favored. On the road, the Bears have gone 4-7, compared to 5-5 at home. For the season, Mercer has a scoring differential of -3.8 points per game on the road.

As the underdog this season, Mercer has an ATS record of 7-6. On the road, their ATS mark is 5-5-1. Over their last three road games, the Bears are 2-1 vs. the spread.

Today's over/under line of 138.5 is similar to the average over/under line in Mercer's games this season (139.8). So far, 10 of their games have finished with more points than today's line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 136 points compared to their season average of 139.6 points per game.

Mercer is fresh off a strong offensive showing, putting up 78 points versus Furman. This output is higher than their season-average of 70.1 points per game. The top scorer for the Bears was Jalyn McCreary with 28 points, while Caleb Hunter also chipped in with 14 points.

At this time, the Bears' defense is positioned 121st in the country, permitting 70.0 points per game. Mercer's defense is coming off a game in which they allowed the Furman offense to knock down 51% of their shots on their way to putting up 69 points.

Will the Catamounts Secure A Victory as Home Favorites?

Western Carolina is 6-3 at home this season and has gone 7-3 in their last 10 games at home. For the year, they have been favored in 14 of their 24 games, going 11-3 in those games.

Coming off a 71-64 win over Citadel, the Catamounts have gone 2-1 in their last three home games and 2-3 in their last five.

Western Carolina's ATS record this season is 11-9. At home, their ATS record is 3-6. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Catamounts are 4-6 vs. the spread.

Western Carolina's over/under record for the season sits at 8-12, and in their last three games, the over is 2-1. Over their last five games, the over is 4-1, and in their last 10 games, the over is 5-5. On the year, the average scoring total in their games is 144.2 points, and this season, 11 of their games have finished with more points than today's over/under line of 138.5.

In their recent matchup, the Western Carolina offense ended with 71 points against Citadel. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 48.3% and made 8 threes. Vonterius Woolbright is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 22.6 as they approach today's matchup. In addition, Tre Jackson brings a PPG average of 13.8 into the game.

Coming into today's game, the Western Carolina defense is giving up an average of 69.1 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 5.3 threes per game vs. Mercer. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 30.7%.