Both teams will attempt to prolong their winning streaks as the Furman Paladins (22-5, 12-2 SoCon) meet the East Tennessee State Buccaneers (23-4, 12-2 SoCon) at Freedom Hall Civic Center. The Paladins have won seven consecutive games, while the Buccaneers have won their last five games. Action begins at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 19, 2020.
Furman Paladins vs. East Tennessee State Buccaneers Odds Preview
The Paladins defeated the Chattanooga Mocs in their last outing, 58-53. Noah Gurley led Furman in scoring with 14 points on 5-for-10 shooting. The Paladins had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.362 (above their season average of 0.199) and held the Mocs to an effective field goal percentage of 0.357 (below their season average of 0.529).
In the Buccaneers’ last game, they defeated the VMI Keydets, 72-67. East Tennessee State was led by Tray Boyd III, who finished with 14 points and five assists. East Tennessee State dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had an extraordinary free throw rate of 0.674 (above their season average of 0.250) and a turnover percentage of 14.0 (better than their season average of 15.0). VMI was 0.276 and 15.2, respectively, for those same stats.
It might turn into a shootout as two of the nation’s best offenses square off. East Tennessee State ranks seventh with 113.9 points per 100 possessions and Furman is 28th (111.2). Additionally, the Paladins rank 51st in turnover percentage (16.9 percent), while the Buccaneers rank 24th in opponents’ turnover percentage (23.4 percent).
These two squads have already met once this season. The Paladins won 65-56. The Paladins played a nearly perfect game. They had a free throw rate of 0.192 and an absurd offensive rebounding percentage of 37.9. For those same stats, the Buccaneers were 0.050 and 25.0, respectively. Bo Hodges had a standout performance in the game, putting up 12 points.
Furman Paladins at East Tennessee State Buccaneers Free Prediction
Pick: SU Winner – East Tennessee State, ATS Winner – East Tennessee State, O/U – Under
East Tennessee State averages 8.7 steals per game, which ranks 18th in the country. Furman ranks 129th in steals allowed per game (6.6).
The Buccaneers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 15.0, up from 13.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Paladins have scored an average of 75.8 points per game (1.7 below their season average) and allowed an average of 65.2 points per game (0.7 below their season average).