Georgia Bulldogs vs. Furman Paladins - 11/17/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Furman Paladins (1-1) at Georgia Bulldogs (1-1)
College Basketball: Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm (Stegeman Coliseum)
The Line: Georgia Bulldogs -15 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Down at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens on Thursday, we’ve got college basketball action looming as the Furman Paladins visit the Georgia Bulldogs.
Furman enters this game with a 1-1 record on the young season. The Paladins dropped their opener in a close 73-71 result against Presbyterian, but bounced back on Monday with a solid 84-74 victory over UAB. In that game, Furman was down 46-45 at the half, but stormed back on a 39-28 second half to bag the victory and even their record.
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On the year so far, Devin Sibley leads the Paladins with 19.5 PPG, 5.0 RPG and 4.0 RPG, while Daniel Fowler isn’t far back with 18.5 PPG, 6.5 RPG and 7.5 APG. Geoff Beans and Gohn Davis III are also averaging in double figures for Furman through two games; Beans has 12.5 PPG with 2.0 RPG and Davis has 11.0 PPG with 3.0 RPG.
Meanwhile, Georgia is also entering Thursday’s game with a 1-1 record on the year. The Bulldogs lost their opener last Friday to Clemson 74-64, but were able to get a win over UNC Asheville on Monday 60-46. The Bulldogs were up in that game 33-26 at the half and closed the game on a 27-20 run in the second half to ice the win.
The top scorer for Georgia through two games is Yante Maten, who has 19.0 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 2.0 APG and 2.5 BPG. JJ Frazier is also playing well so far on 14.5 PPG, 5.5 APG, 3.0 RPG and 1.5 SPG.
Furman is 1-4 ATS in their last five road games versus a team with a winning home percentage of greater than .600, and 1-4 ATS in their last five road games. Furman is also 1-4 ATS in their last five road games versus a team with a winning home record, and the over is 6-0 in the Paladins’ last six games following an ATS win.
As for Georgia, they’re 4-0 ATS in their last four home games, and 5-2 ATS in their last seven Thursday games. Georgia is also 2-5 ATS in their last seven games after allowing fewer than 50 points in their previous game, and the over is 4-0 in the Bulldogs’ last four home games.
Is it unnerving that Georgia has scored just 124 points through two games? A little, but it’s still too early to jump to conclusions—even though the team has just two players averaging in double figures so far. The Bulldogs still have several winnable games on this early-season run and should figure themselves out somewhere along the way. I like Georgia to win and cover here as they stretch their offensive legs, but they’ve got to find some extra scoring.