Furman at UNC Greensboro
|Date & Time||Sunday March 10, 2019, 6:30 PM (EDT)|
U.S. Cellular Center
UNC Greensboro Spartans +3 -- Over/Under: 135
The Furman Paladins and UNC Greensboro Spartans will face off at the U.S. Cellular Center in the Semifinals of the SOCON Men’s Championship this Sunday night.
The 3-seed Furman Paladins kept their NCAA hopes alive and advanced to the Semifinals of the SOCON Men’s Championship after defeating the 6-seed Mercer Bears, 85-74, on Saturday night. Furman led by a 39-36 margin at halftime and was able to pull away in the 2nd half after a 12-0 Paladins run gave Furman a 63-49 lead with 11:00 left in regulation. Furman shot 50.0% from the field and outrebounded the Bears by a 33-28 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Paladins was Jordan Lyons who had 25 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, and a steal.
Coming into their match-up agianst the Bears, Furman was averaging 78.2 ppg on 47.5% shooting from the field. The Paladins were averaging 10.3 ppg on 36.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Furman has been led by Matt Rafferty (17.4 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 4.2 apg, 2.6 spg, 1.1 bpg), Jordan Lyons (15.8 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.3 spg), Clay Mounce (11.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.2 bpg), and Alex Hunter (9.2 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.0 spg).
Defensively, Furman was holding their opponents to an average of 65.5 ppg on 41.4% shooting from the field. The Paladins had a rebound margin of 2.0 and a turnover margin of 2.0.
The 2-seed UNC Greensboro Spartans had all they could handle from the Samford Bulldogs, however, used a strong 2nd half to pull out a 77-70 victory on Saturday. UNC Greensboro trailed by a 43-31 margin at halftime, however, dominated the Bulldogs on both ends of the court in the 2nd half and was able to pull away after a 13-0 Spartans run gave UNC Greensboro a 71-66 lead with 2:15 left in regulation. UNC Greensboro shot 43.4% from the field & 44.4% from beyond the arc while holding Samford to just 19.0% shooting from three-point range. Leading the way for the Spartans was Francis Alonso who had 31 points, 2 rebounds, and 2 assits.
Coming into their game against Samford, UNC Greensboro was averaging 76.9 ppg on 46.1% shooting from the field. The Spartans were averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game on 34.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UNC Greensboro has been led by Francis Alonso (16.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.1 spg), Isaiah Miller (14.8 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 2.3 apg, 3.0 spg), Demetrius Troy (8.3 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.2 spg), James Dickey (8.0 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.3 spg, 2.1 bpg).
Defensively, UNC Greensboro was their opponents to an average of 67.3 ppg on 43.4% shooting from the field. The Spartans had a rebound margin of 0.9 and a turnover margin of 5.3.
The Paladins are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win and 8-3 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games. The Spartans are 3-0-1 ATS in their last 4 neutral site games and 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600.
Furman and UNC Greensboro split their regular season series as the Paladins won at home by a 67-57 margin in mid-February while the Spartans won by home by an 89-79 margin in mid-January.
Both teams have an outside shot of earning an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament even if they don’t win the SOCON Men’s Championship so this should be a hard fought games. UNC Greensboro can be a bit inconsistent at times, especially on the offensive end, however, I do like the fact that they were able to put up 89 points on the Paladins in their home victory and you had to like how UNC Greensboro looked in the 2nd half in their game yesterday against a Samford team that was able to defeat Furman earlier this season. Furman is a dangerous team on both ends of the court, however, as I think the UNC Greensboro defense will be able to keep this one close, I’m taking the Spartans and the points. Good Luck!