Western Carolina Catamounts vs. Furman Paladins - 1/5/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Furman Paladins (3-9) at Western Carolina Catamounts (6-8)
College Basketball: Monday, January 5, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Ramsey Center)
The Line: Western Carolina Catamounts -9.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Furman Paladins head to the Ramsey Center to face the rival Western Carolina Catamounts.
The Furman Paladins haven't been a factor in the SoCon in quite awhile and judging by their 3-9 record things aren't looking positive in 2014-15 as they are being outscored 71-65. The conference schedule didn't start off well after a 72-60 defeat at Chattanooga on Saturday. The Mocs sank shots at 49% with the Paladins staying competitive on 44% but 16 turnovers gave the better shooting team more looks and too many baskets. Furman received 18 points from Stephen Croone but he turned the ball over a game high six times. Kendec Ferrara followed with 13 points and six boards while Devin Sibley and Daniel Fowler combined for 17 points.
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The Western Carolina Catamounts have a dangerous scoring offense at 72 points that will keep them competitive. The defense is an area of concern with 74 points allowed which obviously makes winning consistently a difficult task. The defense hasn't been an issue during a three game winning streak following a 78-70 victory over the Citadel in their conference opener. The Paladins burned the nets with 51% marksmanship but 19 giveaways gave the 47% shooting Catamounts 16 extra looks which they took advantage of. PJ Horgan carried the Furman offense with 21 points and eleven rebounds with Ashton Moore tossing in 17 points. Jake Wright was next in line with 14 points followed by Brian White with nine points and seven rebounds.
The Paladins are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. loss and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. Furman are 9-22 ATS in their last 31 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 vs. Southern. The Catamounts are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games following a S.U. win and 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 Monday games. WCU are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400. I don't see a ton of difference here and I'm thinking Furman might be able to score enough on WCU to stay within the number...