The Furman Paladins (14-3, 4-0 SoCon) look to extend their seven-game winning streak against the UNCG Spartans (12-5, 2-2 SoCon) at Timmons Arena. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 11, 2020.
UNCG Spartans at Furman Paladins Odds Preview
In the Spartans’ last outing, they were beaten by the East Tennessee State Buccaneers, 64-57. Isaiah Miller had a good game for UNCG, leading both teams in scoring with 24 points on 10-for-20 shooting. East Tennessee State did a terrific job of converting from the free throw line (26-33; 78.8 percent). UNCG, meanwhile, forced the Buccaneers into a turnover percentage of 22.9 (above their season average of 16.1).
The Paladins will look to keep it rolling after topping the Chattanooga Mocs in their last matchup, 73-66. Furman rallied around Mike Bothwell, who was the game’s high scorer with 27 points on 12-for-16 shooting. The Paladins had a turnover percentage of 10.1 (better than their season average of 15.2) and held the Mocs to an offensive rebounding percentage of 15.4 (below their season average of 28.6).
This will be the first matchup of the year between these two teams, after the Spartans won two out of three games last season. In the last contest, UNCG won 66-62. The Spartans played a nearly flawless game. They had an absurd offensive rebounding percentage of 42.1 and a free throw rate of 0.172. For those same stats, the Paladins were 20.7 and 0.137, respectively.
This battle pits one of the country’s top offenses against one of its elite defenses. Furman currently ranks 18th in offensive efficiency and UNCG ranks 12th in defensive efficiency. Also, the Spartans rank 44th in turnover percentage (16.9 percent), while the Paladins rank 33rd in opponents’ turnover percentage (23.8 percent).
UNCG at Furman Betting Prediction
Basketball Prediction: SU Winner – UNCG, ATS Winner – UNCG, O/U – Under
The Spartans rank 45th in blocks per game (4.4) while the Paladins rank 123rd (2.9).
UNCG ranks 18th in steals per game (9.4) while Furman ranks 83rd in steals allowed per game (6.2).
UNCG ranks ninth in assists allowed per game (9.1) while Furman ranks 142nd (13.1).
The Spartans rank 111th in rebounds per game (37.0) while the Paladins rank 241st (32.7).
UNCG averages 27.6 three pointers per game, which ranks 26th in the nation. Furman ranks 130th in three pointers allowed per game (21.8).
The Paladins’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 8.2, down from 13.9 for the season.
During their last five games, the Spartans have scored an average of 78.8 points per game (6.2 above their season average) and allowed an average of 61.8 points per game (3.5 above their season average).