Furman vs. The Citadel - 2/29/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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The Citadel Bulldogs (6-22) at Furman Paladins (24-6)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 29, 2020 at 4:00 pm (Timmons Arena)
The Line: Furman Paladins -20.5 -- Over/Under: 151
The Citadel Bulldogs and the Furman Paladins meet in SoCon college hoops action from Timmons Arena on Saturday afternoon.
The Citadel Bulldogs will try to finish the year on a high note by looking for their first conference win of the year, sitting at 0-17 in conference play after a 73-57 loss to Mercer last time out. Kaelon Harris leads the Citadel in scoring and rebounding with 13.6 PPG and 6.9 RPG while Kaiden Rice has 12.4 PPG and Fletcher Abee has 12.2 PPG. Tyson Batiste is also averaging 5.5 APG for the Bulldogs this season. As a team, the Citadel is averaging 75.4 points on 43.4% shooting from the field, 32.8% from 3-point range and 68.8% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 80.6 points on 45.1% from the field and 33.5% from 3-point range this season. The Citadel is 3-11 straight up and 9-4-1 against the spread on the road this season.
The Furman Paladins will try to finish the season tied atop the SoCon with East Tennessee State, sitting at 14-3 in conference play after an 81-67 win over UNC-Greensboro last time out. Jordan Lyons leads Furman in scoring with 16.7 PPG while Noah Gurley has 14.3 PPG. Clay Mounce is 3rd in scoring and tops in rebounding with 13 PPG and 6.2 RPG while Mike Bothwell is averaging 10.6 PPG. Alex Hunter also has 8.9 PPG and 3.5 APG this season. As a team, Furman is averaging 76.9 points per game on 47.7% shooting from the field, 35.5% from 3-point range and 69.8% from the foul line while allowing their opposition to average 66.3 points on 43.5% shooting from the field and 30.7% from 3-point range this season. Furman is 13-1 straight up and 4-7 against the spread at home this season.
Head-to-head, the favorite is 4-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
This feels like a ton of points to give up to the Bulldogs who have been good at covering the number on the road this season, but the problem is that the Citadel have been hemorrhaging points left and right lately, and Furman has been taking care of business handily for the most part lately. If the Paladins can beat a solid defensive team like UNC-Greensboro by 14, hanging 81 on the Spartans, I shudder to think what Furman will do to the Citadel. I’ll lay the points with Furman here.