Wofford at Furman College Basketball Pick
- 23rd Jan 2016
- Matt Barnes
Last Updated: 2017-03-06
The Wofford Terriers (8-11) visit the Furman Paladins (9-10) in what should be a low-scoring game. The game starts at 4:00 pm ET on Saturday, Jan. 23 and can be seen on ES3.
The Paladins are hoping to rebound after their 89-86 loss to Citadel the last time they played. Devin Sibley put together a strong game for the Paladins, finishing with 16 points, four rebounds, and three assists. The Terriers, meanwhile, are coming off an 89-66 win over Tennessee Wesleyan in their last outing. Eric Garcia shot 5 for 6 and led in scoring with 16 points.
Spencer Collins has been on a tear over the last five games for the Terriers, averaging 21.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 4.8 three-pointers.
Half-court execution will be of utmost importance when two of the nation’s slowest-paced teams square off. Furman ranks 317th in possessions per game (66.1), while Wofford is 329th (65.6).
Furman, a five-point favorite, will look to capitalize at home against Wofford. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at 133 points.
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The Paladins come into this game 9-10 Straight Up (SU) and 5-5 Against The Spread (ATS). Opposing teams know they’re in for a battle when they play Furman’s stingy defense. The Paladins are one of the top teams when it comes to defense, allowing just 64.3 points per game.
As for their opponent, the Terriers have records of 5-9 ATS and 8-11 SU. The Terriers convert their three-pointers at a high percentage, ranking 30th in the nation at .388.
This game marks the season’s first head-to-head clash between these conference rivals. Their previous game was a Terriers victory, bringing their SU record in their most recent games to 9-1. Furthermore, with a 7-3 record, Wofford has the advantage ATS. Wofford held the advantage in field goals, rebounds, and three-pointers three times in the last five matchups. On the other side of the court, Furman never accomplished this feat in that span.
Predictions: SU Winner – Furman, ATS Winner – Wof, O/U – Over
Wofford is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games on the road.
Wofford is 3-10 SU in its last 13 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Wofford’s last 6 games on the road.
Wofford is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against Furman.
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Wofford’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Furman.
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Furman’s last 16 games when playing Wofford.
Furman is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Wofford.
Wofford has a solid 4-2 record against teams in its conference, while Furman is even against its rivals at 3-3.
Wofford scores just 65.1 points per away game (ranked 263rd). Furman ranks seventh in points allowed at home, giving up 57.3 points.
The Furman Paladins have a defensive rating of 96.7 (ranked 61st), while the Wofford Terriers have an offensive rating of 105.6 (ranked 178th).
Furman has an average field goal percentage of 43.7%. Wofford is a poor 4-10 when opponents have a similar or higher field goal percentage.
The Furman Paladins and the Wofford Terriers both rank higher in average effective field goal percentage when compared to their field goal percentages. Furman is 192nd and 148th in the nation for FG% and eFG% respectively, while Wofford is 174th and 109th in these categories.
Wofford ranks 79th in the nation with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.23. Furman is ranked lower at 259th with an A/TO of .92.
The Furman Paladins make an average of 6.7 steals per game. The Wofford Terriers are 5-4 when they allow 6 or more steals.