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Furman vs. East Tennessee State - College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

East Tennessee State Buccaneers (12-7) at Furman Paladins (6-13)

College Basketball: Thursday, January 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Timmons Arena)

The Line: Furman +3.5 See the Latest Odds

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The East Tennessee State Buccaneers and Furman Paladins play Thursday at the Timmons Arena.

The East Tennessee State Buccaneers have split their last six games and play their 11th true road game. On the season, ETSU is averaging 77.8 points on 43.6 percent shooting and are allowing 67.9 points on 41.2 percent shooting. Jalen Riley is averaging 20.1 points and 3.5 assists while Rashawn Rembert is averaging 16.7 points and 2.6 rebounds. Lester Wilson is the third player averaging double-digit points and A.J. Merriweather is grabbing 6.1 rebounds. The East Tennessee State Buccaneers have five players averaging at least 6.1 points, and they’re shooting 72.1 percent from the line and 39 percent from downtown. Defensively, East Tennessee St is allowing 7.1 threes per game and has given up 70 or more points in nine of its last 11 games.

Furman vs. East Tennessee State -  College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Furman Paladins have split their last six games and look for their fourth Southern win. On the season, Furman is averaging 65.7 points on 43.1 percent shooting and are allowing 69.4 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Stephen Croone is averaging 16.7 points and 3.2 assists while Devin Sibley is averaging 9.7 points and 2.7 rebounds. Kendrec Ferrara is grabbing 4.7 rebounds and Geoff Beans is shooting 36.8 percent from the field. The Furman Paladins have six players averaging at least 6.7 points, and they’re shooting 67.8 percent from the line and 33.7 percent from deep. Defensively, Furman is allowing 6.5 threes per game and has given up 67 or less points in four of its last six games.

Furman is 6-16 SU in its last 22 games and 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home. 

Furman has played its best ball of the season on its home court and should be able to compete against a Bucs team that doesn't do a good job on the defensive side of the ball. I'll take the home team and the points here.

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Furman Paladins +3.5

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