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Samford vs. Furman - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Furman Paladins (18-9) at Samford Bulldogs (9-19)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 17, 2018 at 2:00 pm (Pete Hanna Center)

The Line: Samford Bulldogs +8.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Furman Paladins will travel to the Pete Hanna Center to take on the Samford Bulldogs this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Furman Paladins won their 2nd straight game and improved to 18-9 (9-5 Southern) on the season after defeating the Chattanooga Mocs, 75-56, this past Thursday. Furman gave Chattanooga trouble on the defensive end throughout the game and had no trouble cruising to victory after taking a 43-23 halftime lead. Furman held Chattanooga to 33.3% shooting from the field and 10.5% (2-19) from beyond the arc in the win. Leading the way for the Paladins was Devin Sibley who had 16 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals in 21 minutes from off the bench. On the season, Furman is averaging 79.4 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Paladins are averaging 10.5 three-pointers per game on 35.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Furman has been led by Devin Sibley (15.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.2 apg), John Davis III (11.8 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.5 spg), Matt Rafferty (11.5 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.5 spg), and Daniel Fowler (11.3 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.5 spg). Defensively, Furman is holding their opponents to an average of 68.9 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Paladins have a rebound margin of -0.4 and a turnover margin of 3.7.

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Samford vs. Furman - 2/17/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Samford Bulldogs dropped to 9-19 (5-10 Southern) on the season after being defeated by the Mercer Bears, 74-69, this past Monday. Mercer led by a 34-28 margin at halftime and pulled away late after back to back buckets by the Bears gave Mercer a 70-65 lead with just 0:47 seconds remaining in regulation. Samford shot just 22.2% (6-27) from beyond the arc and was outrebounded by Mercer by a 37-29 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Josh Sharkey who had 15 points, 5 rebounds, 8 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Samford is averaging 77.2 ppg on 46.9% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 9.1 three-pointers per game on 37.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Samford has been led by Demetrius Dyson (14.7 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.0 spg), Justin Coleman (13.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 6.1 apg, 1.1 spg), Alex Thompson (11.5 ppg, 3.8 rpg), and Eric Adams (9.2 ppg, 6.0 rpg, 1.3 spg, 1.3 bpg). Defensively, Samford is allowing their opponents to average 81.6 ppg on 48.9% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of -5.3 and a turnover margin of 0.7.

The Paladins are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400 and 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS win. The Bulldogs are 7-3 ATS in their last 10 home games however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall.

Furman has won 4 of their last 6 games and have been solid on both ends of the court this season as the Paladins currently rank 55th in scoring offense and 94th in scoring defense. Samford has lost 4 of their last 5 games a although the Bulldogs rank 88th in scoring offense and 54th in three-pointers made per game, the Bulldogs have struggled defensively as they rank 334th in scoring defense and 338th in defensive FG%. Samford gave Furman a decent game on the road in their 11-point loss earlier this season and as I think the Bulldogs offense will have some more success at home against the Paladins defense, I’m rolling with the home team and the points in this one. Take Samford and the points. 

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