The Chattanooga Mocs (10-5, 1-1 SoCon) will attempt to put an end to the six-game winning streak of Furman when they welcome the Paladins (13-3, 3-0 SoCon) to McKenzie Arena. Action gets underway at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, January 8, 2020.
Furman Paladins at Chattanooga Mocs ATS Preview
The Paladins beat the East Tennessee State Buccaneers in their last contest, 65-56. With 10 points and 12 rebounds, Noah Gurley had a solid performance for Furman. Furman played a nearly perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.192 (below their season average of 0.195) and an offensive rebounding percentage of 37.9 (above their season average of 24.7). East Tennessee State recorded marks of 0.050 and 25.0, respectively, for those same stats.
In the Mocs’ previous game, they beat the Mercer Bears, 70-61. With 17 points on 6-for-13 shooting, David Jean-Baptiste led Chattanooga in scoring. Chattanooga dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 26.3 (below their season average of 28.8) and a turnover percentage of 8.2 (better than their season average of 15.9). For those same stats, Mercer was 7.7 and 15.1, respectively.
Getting to the line might be hard to find for Chattanooga in this matchup. The Mocs rank 292nd in the nation with a free throw attempt (FTA) rate of 0.183, while Furman ranks 35th in FTA rate allowed (0.159).
Both teams have had a player heat up over their last five games. For the Paladins, it’s been Jordan Lyons, who has averaged 24 points,1.6 steals, while the Mocs have gotten solid contributions from Ramon Vila (13 points,6.4 rebounds).
This is the first time these teams will clash this year, after the Paladins won both matchups last season. In the last game, Furman won 71-50. Furman had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.558 vs. 0.397). Chattanooga, on the other hand, had a better free throw rate (0.069 vs. 0.067).
Furman Paladins vs. Chattanooga Mocs Odds Prediction
College Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – Furman, ATS Winner – Furman, O/U – Under
The Mocs rank 98th in assists per game (13.9) while the Paladins rank 140th in assists allowed per game (13.1).
Furman ranks 40th in steals per game (8.4) while Chattanooga ranks 197th (5.0).
The Mocs rank 44th in three pointers allowed per game (18.9) while the Paladins rank 148th (22.2).
Chattanooga ranks 158th in rebounds per game (35.7) while Furman ranks 246th (33.0).
The Mocs’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 8.4, up from 4.5 for the season.
During their last five games, the Paladins have scored an average of 77.6 points per game (0.8 below their season average) and allowed an average of 65.8 points per game (1.7 above their season average).