Furman Paladins (12-0) at LSU Tigers (8-3)
|Date & Time||Friday December 21, 2018, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: LSU Tigers -9.5 -- Over/Under: 147
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The 24th ranked Furman Paladins will travel to the Pete Maravich Assembly Center to take on the LSU Tigers this Friday night in College Basketball action.
The 24th ranked Furman Paladins stayed undefeated on the season, improving to 12-0 on the season, after defeating the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks, 93-50, this past Saturday. Furman dominated UNC-Wilmington on both ends of the court and had no trouble pulling away for victory in the 2nd half after taking a 61-40 lead with 10:33 left in regulation. Furman shot 47.4% from the field while holding the Seahawks to just 35.0% shooting from the field and 15.4% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Paladins was Clay Mounce who had a double-double with 26 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 blocks, and 2 steals.
On the season, Furman is averaging 83.7 ppg on 48.6% shooting from the field. The Paladins are averaging 10.8 three-pointers per game on 36.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Furman has been led by Jordan Lyons (18.2 ppg, 1.5 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.2 spg), Matt Rafferty (17.2 ppg, 9.7 rpg, 4.6 apg, 2.1 spg, 1.8 bpg), Clay Mounce (12.9 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.2 spg, 1.2 bpg), and Alex Hunter (8.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 4.1 apg, 1.4 spg).
Defensively, Furman is holding their opponents to an average of 64.9 ppg on 41.0% shooting from the field. The Paladins have a rebound margin of 5.9 and a turnover margin of 3.6.
The LSU Tigers improved to 8-3 on the season after defeating the Saint Mary’s Gaels, 78-74, this past Saturday. LSU used a 20-6 run to start the 2nd half to give the Tigers a 49-34 lead and was able to hold off a late Gaels charge to secure the victory. LSU shot 44.6% from the field and forced Saint Mary’s into committing 19 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Tigers was Tremont Waters who had 18 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals.
On the season, LSU is averaging 81.2 ppg on 48.2% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 7.4 three-pointers per game on 32.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, LSU has been led by Skylar Mays (13.3 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 apg, 1.8 spg), Naz Reid (12.4 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.2 apg), Tremont Waters (11.9 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 5.0 apg, 2.9 spg), and Ja’vonte Smart (11.2 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.5 spg).
Defensively, LSU is allowing their opponents to average 71.3 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 3.5 and a turnover margin of 1.8.
The Paladins are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Tigers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 home games and 1-9-1 ATS in their last 11 Friday games.
Furman continues to pile up the wins and has been outstanding on both ends of the court this season as they rank 28th in scoring offense & 49th in scoring defense. LSU is a young and athletic team that has been outstanding on the offensive end as they rank T-52nd in scoring offense and 51st in FG%. Furman is going to have all they can handle to keep their undefeated season intact, however, as I think the Paladins defense will give LSU some trouble, I think that Furman at worst covers with the points.