Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Paladins versus the Buccaneers? Tip off is at at 6:00 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on CBSS. The game will be played at Freedom Hall Civic Center in Johnson City, TN. In this Southern matchup, Furman is favored by -2.5 vs. East Tennessee State. The over/under for the game is 146.5 points.

FURMAN PALADINS VS EAST TENNESSEE STATE BUCCANEERS BETTING PICK

The Pick: East Tennessee State Buccaneers +2.5

This game will be played at Freedom Hall Civic Center at 6:00 ET on Saturday, February 10th.

WHY BET THE EAST TENNESSEE STATE BUCCANEERS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Buccaneers.
  • Not only will East Tennessee State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +2.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 146.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.

Can Furman Deliver Being Favored on the Road?

At 12-12, Furman has struggled to find consistency this season. They have lost two straight games, and their road record is just 2-9 compared to 8-2 at home. Their average scoring margin on the road is -4.0.

As for their opponent, East Tennessee State, they are coming off a 78-69 win over Mercer. Furman is favored by 2.5 points, and they have gone 10-4 when favored this season. In Southern Conference play, they are 6-5.

As the favorite this season, Furman has gone 6-8 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Paladins are 5-5 vs. the spread. On the road this year, Furman has a 3-8 ATS mark and they are 0-3 vs. the spread in their last three road games.

Today’s over/under line of 146.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Furman’s games this season (155.7). Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 161 points, and the over/under record in their last three games is 2-0-1. So far this season, the over/under record in their games is 11-9-1.

In contrast to their season average of 80.8 points per game, the Furman had a below average performance. They scored 69 points against Mercer and had a field goal percentage of 42.3%. The team’s top scorer is JP Pegues, who enters today’s matchup with an average of 16.4, while Alex Williams also carries a PPG average of 15.7 into the game.

Coming into today’s game, the Furman defense is giving up an average of 77.0 points per contest. Furman’s three-point defense is currently 89th in the country at 6.5 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 43.2% of their shots vs. Furman.

Can the Buccaneers Hold Strong at Home?

East Tennessee State comes into this game as the underdog, as they have gone 4-9 in games as the underdog this season. They are also 7-3 at home this season, and their average scoring margin at home is +2.3.

East Tennessee State has won three games in a row, and they are 13-11 overall. In their last game, they played Wofford and won by a score of 57-50.

As the underdog this season, East Tennessee State has an 8-5 record vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Buccaneers have an ATS mark of 6-4. At home this year, ETSU has gone 5-5 vs. the spread.

The over/under record for East Tennessee State this season is 11-11 and today’s line of 146.5 is higher than the average over/under line in their games (142.1). So far, 13 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 110 points.

In their most recent game, the East Tennessee State offense put up just 57 points vs. the Wofford Terriers. Overall, they are now averaging 69.9 points per game which is 331st in the country. One area that the East Tennessee State offense has been good this season is getting to the line. Currently, they are 162nd in free-throw attempts per contest. Overall, they have a field goal percentage of 39%.

At present, the Buccaneers’ defense is nationally ranked 92nd, allowing 68.5 points per game. In their previous game vs. Wofford, the Terriers finished with a field goal percentage of 30% and a total of 50 points vs. East Tennessee State.