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Furman vs. Samford - 1/26/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Samford at Furman
Date & Time Saturday January 26, 2019, 4:30 PM (EST)
Location
Timmons Arena
Greenville, SC
The Line
Furman Paladins -9 -- Over/Under: 147
TV Channel
ESPN3
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Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

The Samford Bulldogs will travel to Timmons Arena to take on the Furman Paladins this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Samford Bulldogs lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 12-9 (2-6 Southern) on the season after being defeated by the Wofford Terriers, 107-106 in OT, this past Thursday. Samford was incredible on the offensive end against the Terriers, however, Wofford was able to force OT with a Fletcher Magee three-pointer late in regulation and the Bulldogs lost the game in heart-breaking fashion after Storm Murphy hit the game winning jumper for the Terriers as time expired. Samford shot 66.7% from the field & 73.3% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Brandon Austin who had 31 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, and a steal.

On the season, Samford is averaging 79.0 ppg on 48.1% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game on 40.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Samford has been led by Josh Sharkey (15.8 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 7.3 apg, 2.8 spg), Ruben Guerrero (14.3 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 2.0 bpg), Brandon Austin (13.7 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.0 spg), and Robert Allen (10.0 ppg, 7.3 rpg, 1.8 apg).

Defensively, Samford is allowing their opponents to average 74.1 ppg on 41.8% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of 1.2 and a turnover margin of -0.7.

The Furman Paladins snapped a 2-game losing streak and improved to 16-4 (5-3 Southern) on the season after defeating he Chattanooga Mocs, 73-58, this past Thursday. Furman dominated Chattanooga on both ends of the court and had little trouble securing the victory after taking a 57-43 lead midway through the 2nd half. Furman shot 53.7% from the field and 44.0% from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Paladins was Jordan Lyons who had 18 points, 2 assists, and a rebound.

On the season, Furman is averaging 79.2 ppg on 47.0% shooting from the field. The Paladins are averaging 10.5 three-pointers per game on 36.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Furman has been led by Matt Rafferty (17.6 ppg, 9.1 rpg, 4.2 apg, 2.7 spg, 1.2 bpg), Jordan Lyons (16.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.2 spg), Clay Mounce (10.6 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.1 bpg), and Alex Hunter (8.7 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, Furman is holding their opponents to an average of 67.0 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Paladins have a rebound margin of 3.1 and a turnover margin of 2.5.

The Bulldogs are 9-2 ATS in their last 11 road games and 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record. The Paladins are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. Southern opponents and 36-15-1 ATS in their last 53 home games.

Samford has lost 5 of their last 6 games, however, have been a decent team this season as they rank 58th in scoring offense, 41st in FG%, and 91st in defensive FG%. Furman has won 4 of their last 6 games, and have been outstanding on both ends of the court as the Paladins rank 55th in scoring offense 70th in scoring defense.

Furman is undefeated at home this season, however, Samford is a solid team that has been competitive in away games as of late as they’ve already taken two of the better teams in the Southern Conference in ETSU & Wofford to overtime on the road. Samford isn’t going to shoot as well as they did agianst Wofford, however, I think the Bulldogs will do enough on the offensive end to keep this one within the number. Take Samford and the points.

Pick:
Samford Bulldogs +9

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