East Tennessee State Buccaneers vs. Furman Paladins - 3/6/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Furman Paladins (18-14) at East Tennessee State Buccaneers (22-10)
College Basketball: Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 7:30 pm (U.S. Cellular Center)
The Line: East Tennessee State Buccaneers -1.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The East Tennessee State Buccaneers and the Furman Paladins duke it out for a spot in the SoCon finals.
The second seed East Tennessee State Buccaneers struggled early and dominated late in an 81-65 victory versus Mercer to advance to the conference championship. The Buccaneers broke open a two point contest on the strength of a 44-30 second half. The Bears were held to 37.7% from the floor with ETSU countering at 43% with an 11-25 mark on long balls and five more free throws carrying the day. Ge’Lawn Guyn led the Buccaneers attack with a game high 23 points with TJ Croomer adding 17 points and five yanks. Deuce Bello scored ten points and snagged eight boards while Desonta Bradford and Lester Wilson combined for 17 points.
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The Furman Paladins were not the hottest team towards the end of the regular season in the SoCon but they just beat them in the quarterfinals. The red hot North Carolina-Greensboro Spartans are no more after getting whacked 80-64 on Saturday. Furman was up seven at the break and slowly pulled away over the final 20 minutes with stellar performances at both ends of the floor. The Spartans were held to 43% from the floor with the Paladins sinking half their looks including a 10-24 effort on threes and 16 more makes at the line. Stephen Croone and Devin Sibley poured in 20 points apiece with a combined nine boards with Geoff Beans coming off the bench to score 14 points. Kris Acox added nine points and posted five yanks while Matt Rafferty chipped in with seven points and six pulls.
The under is 9-1-1 in Furman last 11 Sunday games and Furman are 18-7 ATS in their last 25 vs. Southern while going 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The over is 5-2-1 in ETSU last 8 overall and is 5-2-1 in ETSU last 8 vs. Southern. No line is out but the second seed Buccaneers will be favored…