East Tennessee State vs. Furman - 2/19/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

East Tennessee State vs. Furman - 2/19/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by John Reed-USA TODAY Sports

Furman Paladins (22-5) at East Tennessee State Buccaneers (23-4)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Freedom Hall Civic Center)

The Line: East Tennessee State Buccaneers -5 -- Over/Under: 137.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Furman Paladins will travel to the Freedom Hall Civic Center to take on the East Tennessee State Buccaneers this Wednesday night.

The Furman Paladins won their 7th straight game and improved to 22-5 (12-2 Southern) on the season after defeating the Chattanooga Mocs, 58-53, this past Saturday. Furman was outstanding defensively agianst the Mocs and was able to pull away for the victory after taking a 41-31 lead with 11:54 left in regulation. Furman shot 40.4% from the field while holding Chattanooga to just 30.4% shooting from the field and 20.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Paladins was Noah Gurley who had 14 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block, and a steal.

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On the season, Furman is averaging 77.5 ppg on 48.0% shooting from the field. The Paladins are averaging 9.7 three-pointers per game on 35.9% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Furman has been led by Jordan Lyons (17.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.3 spg), Noah Gurley (14.0 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.9 apg), and Clay Mounce (13.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 2.3 apg, 1.5 spg).

Defensively, Furman is holding their opponents to an average of 65.9 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Paladins have a rebound margin of -2.2 and a turnover margin of 4.3.

The East Tennessee State Buccaneers won their 5th straight game and improved to 23-4 (12-2 Southern) on the season after defeating the VMI Keydets, 72-67, this past Saturday. East Tennessee State had more of a challenge against VMI than expected after going into halftime trailing by a 38-32 margin, however, the Buccaneers turned up the defensive intensity in the 2nd half and was able to pull away after taking a 66-61 lead with 1:36 left in regulation. East Tennessee State shot 39.1% from the field while holding VMI to just 36.2% shooting from the field and 27.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Buccaneers was Daivien Williamson who had 20 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal.

On the season, East Tennessee State is averaging 76.7 ppg on 47.5% shooting from the field. The Buccaneers are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 34.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, East Tennessee State has been led by Tray Boyd III (13.6 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.6 spg), Bo Hodges (13.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.6 spg), and Jeromy Rodriguez (10.7 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, East Tennessee State is holding their opponents to an average of 62.8 ppg on 42.0% shooting from the field. The Buccaneers have a rebound margin of 4.4 and a turnover margin of 4.2.

The Paladins are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games and 2-1 ATS in their last three games against East Tennessee State. The Buccaneers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games and 6-6 ATS at home on the season.

Furman comes into this game led by their offense that ranks 36th in scoring offense, 16th in FG%, and 16th in three-pointers made per game.

East Tennessee State has been outstanding on both ends of the court this season and come into this match-up ranked 44th in scoring offense, 24th in FG%, and 29th in scoring defense.

East Tennessee State might have been looking ahead to this game after their lack-luster performance against VMI, but it was slightly concerning that their offense was only able to put up 72 point against a Keydets defense that is ranked T-203rd in scoring defense & T-236th in defensive FG%. Furman was able to take care of business against East Tennessee State at home earlier this season and as I think the Paladins have balance on both ends of the court to keep this one competitive, I’m taking Furman and the points.

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Brett’s Pick Furman Paladins +5

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