UNC Greensboro Spartans vs. Furman Paladins Pick-Odds-Prediction - 1/6/14
Furman Paladins (6-8) at UNC Greensboro Spartans (7-9)
College Basketball: Monday, January 6, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Greensboro Coliseum)
The Line: UNC Greensboro Spartans -7 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: not listed
The Greensboro Coliseum and the North Carolina-Greensboro Spartans welcome the Furman Paladins to town.
It's really difficult to determine where Furman fits in the SoCon with just one team sitting with a winning record but suffice to say the defense needs a boost. Both ends of the floor had some issues in a 72-63 loss to visiting Chattanooga. The Paladins might have let one slip through their fingers as they out shot the Mocs 44%-38% but gave up eleven more shots which the visitors put to good use. Do everything Stephen Croone led the Furman attack with 19 points followed by a 13 point, six pull effort from Kendrec Ferrara while Larry Wideman and William Gates Jr combining for 19 points.
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North Carolina-Greensboro has looked very good at times and has struggled at other times with a solid offense needing to score to be competitive with the defense allowing plenty of points. The Spartans followed a close loss to North Carolina State with a 72-51 defeat at Western Carolina where the offense stalled on less then 40% from the field while giving the ball away 23 times. That turned in to 17 more looks for the 45% shooting Catamounts which was too much to over come. Kyle Cain tossed in a contest high 17 points and snagged seven rebounds with Kayel Locke netting 14 points but no other player mustered more then five points.
I know North Carolina-Greensboro has played their schedule tougher and has been sllightly better overall but an edge here is hard to find. I certainly don't think I could bear putting money on this...