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

Furman at Wofford
Date & Time Saturday January 19, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)
Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium
Spartanburg, NC
The Line
Wofford Terriers -8.5 -- Over/Under: 146
TV Channel
Stadium, ESPN3
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Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports

The Furman Paladins and the Wofford Terriers meet in a SoCon college basketball matchup from the Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Furman Paladins will look to bounce back after an 89-79 loss to UNC-Greensboro in their last outing. Matt Rafferty led the Paladins with 22 points on 6 of 10 shooting with a perfect 10 of 10 mark from the foul line along with team-highs of 10 rebounds and 5 assists with a pair of steals. Jordan Lyons came 2nd with 16 points on 5 of 12 shooting with 3 threes and 3 steals while Andrew Brown added 14 points on 5 of 10 shooting with 3 triples of his own to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Furman in the losing effort. Rafferty leads Furman with an average of 17.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game this season. As a team, Furman is averaging 80.9 points per game on 47.2% shooting from the field, 36.6% from 3-point range and 69.8% from the foul line this season.

The Wofford Terriers will look to stay hot after winning 5 straight and 8 of their last 9 games following a 90-76 win over VMI in their last outing. Nathan Hoover led the Terriers with 25 points on 10 of 19 shooting with 3 threes while Cameron Jackson added 23 points on 9 of 14 shooting with team-highs of 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals for the double-double as the only other double-digit scorer for Wofford in the win. Fletcher Magee was held to just 5 points on 1 of 9 shooting but still leads Wofford in scoring with an average of 17.6 points per game while Jackson leads the Terriers in rebounding with 7.7 rebounds per game and Storm Murphy leads Wofford in assists with 3.4 assists per game this season. As a team, Wofford is averaging 83.1 points per game on 49% shooting from the field, 39.3% from 3-point range and 71% from the foul line this season.

Furman is 10-4 ATS in their last 14 conference games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games while the under is 7-3 in their last 10 road games. Wofford is 6-2 ATS in their last 8 conference games and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 games following a win. Furman is 5-11 ATS in the last 16 meetings between these two teams and 1-7 ATS in the last 8 meetings between these two teams at Wofford.

I thought after their win over Villanova, and part of me still thinks now, that Furman is the team to beat in the SoCon. However, Wofford has shown that they’re no pushovers and have win each of the last two meetings between the two at Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium by 9 points, which is where the line sits at the time that I’m posting this. With that said, this is a battle between two of the best that the SoCon has to offer and as such I’ll take a shot with Furman and the points as I think this is a game that’s decided by free throws or comes down to the final possession.

Furman +8.5

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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