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Chattanooga vs. Furman - 3/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Furman at Chattanooga
Date & Time Saturday March 2, 2019, 2:00 PM (EST)
Location
McKenzie Arena
Chattanooga, TN
The Line
Chattanooga Mocs +9 -- Over/Under: 141.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Furman Paladins will travel to McKenzie Arena to take on the Chattanooga Mocs this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Furman Paladins improved to 23-6 (12-5 Southern) on the season after defeating the Samford Bulldogs, 90-81, this past Thursday. Furman was outstanding offensively agianst the Bulldogs and had no trouble securing the victory after a 9-0 run to start the 2nd half gave the Paladins a 59-35 lead with 15:48 left in regulation. Furman shot 50.0% from the field and 46.4% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Paladins was Matt Rafferty who had a double-double with 15 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 block, and a steal.

On the season, Furman is averaging 78.4 ppg on 47.5% shooting from the field. The Paladins are averaging 10.3 three-pointers per game on 36.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Furman has been led by Matt Rafferty (17.3 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 4.2 apg, 2.6 spg, 1.1 bpg), Jordan Lyons (16.3 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.2 spg), Clay Mounce (11.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.1 bpg), and Alex Hunter (8.9 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.0 spg).

Defensively, Furman is holding their opponents to average 66.1 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Paladins have a rebound margin of 1.9 and a turnover margin of 1.9.

The Chattanooga Mocs lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 12-18 (7-10 Southern) on the season after being defeated by the 24th ranked Wofford Terriers, 80-54, this past Thursday. Chattanooga trailed by a 41-31 margin at halftime and couldn’t fight back after a 20-2 Terriers run to start the 2nd half gave Wofford a 61-33 lead with 15:01 left in regulation. Chattanooga shot just 38.6% from the field and 15.4% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Mocs was Donovann Toatley who had 16 points, 6 rebounds and 1 assist.

On the season, Chattanooga is averaging 71.8 ppg on 44.6% shooting from the field. The Mocs are averaging 9.1 three-pointers per game on 36.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Chattanooga has been led by Kevin Easley (14.7 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.1 apg), Donovann Toatley (11.4 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 3.0 apg), Jerry Johnson Jr. (10.5 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.2 apg), and Ramon Vila (10.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.3 apg).

Defensively, Chattanooga is allowing their opponents to average 74.6 ppg on 45.4% shooting from the field. The Mocs have a rebound margin of -1.8 and a turnover margin of -1.4.

The Paladins are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 road games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Mocs are 20-41-1 ATS in their last 62 games vs. Southern opponents and just 8-21-1 ATS in their last 30 home games.

Furman has won 7 of their last 8 games and currently rank 51st in scoring offense, 39th in FG%, and 48th in scoring defense.

Chattanooga has lost 4 of their last 5 games and currently rank 206th in scoring offense, 253rd in scoring defense, and 274th in defensive FG%.

Furman is starting to look again like the team we saw crack the Top-25 earlier this season as they recently picked up impressive wins over ETSU & UNC-Greensboro while also giving Wofford a run for their money at home. Chattanooga has been decent at home this season, however, this is a team that can struggle on both ends of the floor and had little success against the Paladins earlier this season in a 73-58 loss. Furman has won the last 4 match-ups agianst the Mocs, including an 18-point victory at Chattanooga last season and as I like how the Paladins are looking right now, I think they win this one by double-digits and cover this large road spread.

Pick:
Furman Paladins -9

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