The Furman Paladins (23-6, 13-3 SoCon) will travel to Greensboro Coliseum to challenge the UNCG Spartans (23-6, 13-3 SoCon) in their home finale. Action starts at 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.
Furman Paladins vs. UNCG Spartans Betting Preview
The Paladins won a close one over the Wofford Terriers in their last outing, 67-66. Noah Gurley was the top scorer from either team with 22 points on 7-for-16 shooting. The Paladins had a ridiculously low turnover percentage of 6.9 (better than their season average of 15.2), while the Terriers had a free throw rate of 0.121 (below their season average of 0.193).
The last time the Spartans played, they topped the VMI Keydets, 71-68. With 23 points on 8-for-20 shooting, Isaiah Miller was the game’s leading scorer. The Spartans knocked down 16 of their 20 free throws (80.0 percent) and had an offensive rebounding percentage of 40.0 (above their season average of 33.9).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Spartans won 86-73. The Spartans’ 13.6 turnover percentage was their largest strength over the Paladins, who had a mark of 21.8. Despite the loss, Gurley was the game’s leading scorer with 27 points.
Based on historical performance heading into this one, ball security could play an integral role in this contest. UNCG commits the 30th-fewest miscues in the NCAA (turnover percentage of 16.4 percent), while the disruptive defense of Furman forces the 25th-most (opponents’ turnover percentage of 23.2 percent). Additionally, the Paladins rank 32nd in offensive efficiency (110.8), while the Spartans rank sixth in defensive efficiency (89.2).
Furman at UNCG Odds Prediction
Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – UNCG, ATS Winner – UNCG, O/U – Under
The Spartans average 9.5 steals per game, which ranks sixth in the country. The Paladins rank 116th in steals allowed per game (6.3).
UNCG ranks 50th in blocks per game (4.2) while Furman ranks 158th (2.8).
UNCG ranks 66th in rebounds per game (37.7) while Furman ranks 272nd (32.0).
The Spartans rank 25th in three pointers attempted per game (27.1) while the Paladins rank 215th in three pointers allowed per game (23.3).
UNCG ranks 38th in assists allowed per game (10.7) while Furman ranks 178th (13.4).
The Spartans’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 13.4, up from 13.0 for the season.
During their last five games, the Paladins have scored an average of 71.8 points per game (5.0 below their season average) and allowed an average of 67.6 points per game (1.4 above their season average).