Furman at North Carolina Greensboro
|Date & Time||Saturday January 12, 2019, 5:00 PM (EST)|
UNC Greensboro Spartans -1.5 -- Over/Under: 138.5
The Furman Paladins will travel to Greensboro Coliseum to take on the UNC Greensboro Spartans this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Furman Paladins won their 3rd straight game and improved to 15-2 (4-1 Southern) on the season after defeating the VMI Keydets, 89-57, this past Thursday night. Furman led by a 38-24 margin at halftime and easily pulled away after a 7-0 run to start the 2nd half gave Furman a 45-24 lead with 16:53 left in regulation. Furman shot 44.1% from beyond the arc while holding VMI to just 36.8% from the field & 22.7% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Paladins was Jordan Lyons who had 21 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.
On the season, Furman is averaging 81.1 ppg on 47.0% shooting from the field. The Paladins are averaging 10.7 three-pointers per game on 35.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Furman has been led by Jordan Lyons (17.2 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.2 spg), Matt Rafferty (17.1 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 4.1 apg, 2.6 spg, 1.4 bpg), Clay Mounce (11.5 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.2 bpg), and Alex Hunter (8.9 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.2 spg).
Defensively, Furman is holding their opponents to an average of 66.6 ppg on 42.6% shooting from the field. The Paladins have a rebound margin of 4.1 and a turnover margin of 3.1.
The UNC Greensboro Spartans had their 7-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 14-3 (3-1 Southern) on the season after being defeated by the Wofford Terriers, 72-43, this past Thursday. UNC Greensboro couldn’t get anything going on the offensive end and couldn’t fight back after the Spartans went into halftime trailing by a 36-16 margin. UNC Greensboro allowed Wofford to shoot 48.1% from the field while the Spartans shot just 32.7% from the field & 21.1% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Spartans was Isaiah Miller who had 10 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal.
On the season, UNC Greensboro is averaging 77.3 ppg on 46.9% shooting from the field. The Spartans are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 34.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, UNC Greensboro has been led by Francis Alonso (17.8 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.1 spg), Isaiah Miller (14.0 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 2.2 apg, 2.6 spg), Kyrin Galloway (10.5 ppg, 4.2 rpg), and James Dickey (6.9 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.4 spg, 1.8 bpg).
Defensively, UNC Greensboro is holding their opponents to an average of 65.7 ppg on 42.8% shooting from the field. The Spartans have a rebound margin of -0.6 and a turnover margin of 6.1.
The Paladins are 7-2 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 games vs. Southern opponents. The Spartans are 5-1-1 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a winning road record however, just 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games.
Furman has rebounded after dropping their first conference game to ETSU but winning their last three games by an average of 20.3 ppg. Furman has been strong on both ends of the court as they rank 45th in scoring offense & 68th in scoring defense. UNC Greensboro is a very solid team and although they can struggle a bit in the front court, the Spartans do come into this game ranked 98th in scoring offense & 51st in scoring defense.
These are two of the better teams in the Southern Conference, however, I have my hesitations about the Spartans as their offense has struggled against solid defenses. Furman is very similar to the Wofford team that just crushed the Spartans in Greensboro and although I don’t think this game is going to be a blowout, I think Furman is going to be able to do enough in this one to get us the win.