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Western Carolina vs. Furman - 2/7/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Furman at Western Carolina
Date & Time Thursday February 7, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)
Ramsey Center
Cullowhee, NC
The Line
Furman Paladins -9.5 -- Over/Under: 144.5
TV Channel
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The Furman Paladins and the Western Carolina Catamounts meet in SoCon college basketball action from the Ramsey Center on Thursday night.

The Furman Paladins will look to build on back-to-back wins following a 74-63 win over Mercer in their last outing. Jordan Lyons led Furman with 24 points on 10 of 17 shooting with 4 threes and a share of the team-high with 4 assists along with a pair of steals while Clay Mounce added 16 points on 6 of 8 shooting with 4 threes of his own. Matt Rafferty added 12 points with a team-high 8 rebounds and 4 assists of his own in addition to a pair of blocks to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Furman in the winning effort. Rafferty leads Furman with an average of 17 points, 9.1 rebounds and 4.3 assists per game this season. As a team, Furman is averaging 78.3 points per game on 47.1% shooting from the field, 36.2% from behind the arc and 69.8% from the foul line this season.

The Western Carolina Catamounts will look to bounce back after 92-81 loss to Samford in their last outing. Marcus Thomas and Onno Steger tied for the team-high with 21 points, with Steger shooting 7 of 17 from the field with 5 threes and team-highs of 11 rebounds and 4 assists for the double-double while Thomas shot 8 of 14 with a pair of threes, 7 rebounds and a pair of steals. Kameron Gibson added 17 points on 6 of 13 shooting with 3 threes and 4 assists of his own while Carlos Dotson added 13 points on 6 of 10 shooting to finish off the quartet of double-digit scorers for Western Carolina in the loss. Gibson leads Western Carolina in scoring with 13.5 points per game while Dotson leads the Catamounts in rebounding with 9.5 rebounds per game and Matt Halvorsen leads Western Carolina in assists with 2.7 assists per game this season. As a team, Western Carolina is averaging 71.8 points per game on 46.4% shooting from the field, 37.3% from behind the 3-point line and 64.8% from the foul line this season.

Furman is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 23-6 ATS in their last 29 games against a team with a losing record while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 road games. Western Carolina is 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 conference games. Furman is 5-1 ATS in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.

Furman has taken a step back from the team that entered conference play at 11-1 and narrowly edged the Catamounts at home in early December when these two teams first met this season. However, the Paladins have been playing solid defense, holding 6 of their last 9 opponents to 63 points or less and have won back-to-back road games against teams that they should beat in Mercer and the Citadel by double-digits so I’ll side with Furman to come out with a stronger performance and pick up a win and cover in this one.

Furman -9.5

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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