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Samford Bulldogs vs. Furman Paladins - 2/4/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Furman Paladins (13-10) at Samford Bulldogs (11-12)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 4, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Pete Hanna Center)

The Line: Samford Bulldogs -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN3

The Samford Bulldogs look to cool off the red hot Furman Paladins in SoCon action Thursday.

The Furman Paladins are looking to strengthen their position in the top four of the SoCon and they have been heading in that direction. The Paladins have won four in a row with three wins coming by a total of seven points as they do play in their share of nail biters. The Paladins are coming off of a 74-70 victory versus visiting East Tennessee State as a three point favorite. The Buccaneers were held to 39% shooting with seven more looks at the basket that was just enough to stay close to 50% shooting Furman.  Stephen Croone paced the Furman attack with 21 points and nine boards with Devin Sibley scoring 20. Kris Acox and Mike Rafferty combined for 21 points with Rafferty hauling in ten rebounds.

Samford Bulldogs vs. Furman Paladins - 2/4/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Samford Bulldogs seemed capable of doing some damage in the SoCon after a decent non conference record but that hasn’t been the case with the Bulldogs dropping eight of nine.  Most of their issues have been on the defensive end of the floor and that trend continued in an 85-70 loss to visiting Mercer on Monday. The Bulldogs fell behind early and couldn’t keep up the Bears scorching 58% marksmanship which added up to five more buckets versus the 49% accuracy of Samford. Darius Jones-Gibson led the offense with 17 points and seven helpers with Jamal Shabazz  adding 15 points and eight rebounds. Marcus Johnson scored eleven while Wyatt Walker and Christen Cunningham netted nine points apiece.

Furman are 12-4 ATS in their last 16 vs. Southern. The over is 7-1 in Samford last 8 Thursday games and the Bulldogs are 3-12-1 ATS in their last 16 Thursday games. Furman are 11-4 ATS in the last 15 meetings. The numbers say Furman but the So Con can be a bit all over the map…

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Furman +1.5

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