The Chattanooga Mocs (16-10, 7-6 SoCon) will attempt to snap the six-game winning streak of Furman when they travel to Timmons Arena to go head-to-head with the Paladins (21-5, 11-2 SoCon). Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, February 15, 2020.
Chattanooga Mocs at Furman Paladins ATS Preview
In the Mocs’ last game, they dismantled the VMI Keydets, 86-67. Ramon Vila was the top scorer from either team with 23 points on 9-for-10 shooting. Chattanooga played a perfect game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.418 (above their season average of 0.193) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 32.1 (above their season average of 27.6). For those same stats, VMI recorded marks of 0.179 and 16.7, respectively.
The Paladins hope to keep it rolling after topping the Samford Bulldogs in their last outing, 86-71. With 25 points on 9-for-12 shooting, Clay Mounce was the top scorer from either team. The Paladins forced 20 turnovers and had an effective field goal percentage of 0.633 (above their season average of 0.566).
Furman could put on a ball-control clinic in this battle. Furman ranks 48th in the NCAA at avoiding errors (turnover percentage of 16.9 percent), while Chattanooga forces the 69th-fewest turnovers (17.7 percent). Also, the Mocs rank 271st in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.202), while the Paladins rank 35th in opponents’ FTA rate (0.174).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Paladins won 73-66. The Paladins’ 10.1 turnover percentage was their largest strength over the Mocs, who had a rate of 22.0. Mike Bothwell was the game’s top overall scorer with 27 points.
Chattanooga Mocs vs. Furman Paladins Prediction
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Furman, ATS Winner – Chattanooga, O/U – Over
The Mocs rank 86th in three pointers attempted per game (24.1) while the Paladins rank 186th in three pointers allowed per game (22.7).
Furman ranks 46th in blocks allowed per game (2.7) while Chattanooga ranks 93rd (3.2).
Furman ranks 31st in steals per game (8.2) while Chattanooga ranks 224th (4.7).
The Mocs rank 153rd in rebounds per game (35.3) while the Paladins rank 264th (32.1).
Chattanooga ranks 73rd in assists per game (14.3) while Furman ranks 175th in assists allowed per game (13.5).
The Paladins’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 14.4, up from 11.8 for the season.
During their last five games, the Mocs have scored an average of 77.4 points per game (4.6 above their season average) and allowed an average of 74.4 points per game (6.2 above their season average).