Furman at The Citadel: 1/13/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction
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The Citadel Bulldogs (8-0) vs Furman Paladins (8-3)
Game Info: Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 3:00 pm (McAlister Field House)
Betting Odds: The Citadel Bulldogs +15.5 -- Over/Under: 163.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Furman Paladins will travel to McAlister Field House to take on The Citadel Bulldogs this Wednesday afternoon in College Basketball action.
The Furman Paladins had their last game against VMI postponed due to Covid-19 protocols and come into this game with an overall record of 8-3 after defeated the Mercer Bears, 83-80, on January 2nd. Furman had no trouble putting up points against Mercer and held off a late charge from the Bears after holding a 76-60 lead with just 5:48 left in regulation. Furman shot 53.4% from the field and 41.7% from beyond the arc while allowing Mercer to shoot 55.6% from the field and 38.9% from beyond the arc. Furman was outrebounded by Mercer by a 36-24 margin, however, did win the turnover battle by a 19-12 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Paladins was Clay Mounce who had 27 points, 6 rebounds, 2 blocks, & 2 steals.
On the season, Furman is averaging 85.8 ppg on 51.1% shooting from the field. The Paladins are averaging 9.8 three-pointers per game on 36.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Furman has been led by Mike Bothwell (17.7 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.9 spg), Noah Gurley (15.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.2 spg, 1.1 bpg), Clay Mounce (15.0 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 1.4 apg), & Alex Hunter (9.5 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.3 spg).
Defensively, Furman is allowing their opponents to average 67.7 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Paladins have a rebound margin of 2.5 and a turnover margin of 3.4.
The Citadel Bulldogs improved to 8-0 on the season after defeating the Chattanooga Mocs, 92-87, this past Saturday. The Citadel was outstanding offensively against Chattanooga and was able to pull away for good after taking a 92-87 lead with just :21 seconds left in regulation. The Citadel shot 50.0% from the field and 51.6% from beyond the arc while Chattanooga shot 44.3% from the field and 36.4% from beyond the arc. The Citadel was outrebounded by Chattanooga by a 38-31 margin, however, committed just 10 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Hayden Brown who had 37 points, 13 rebounds, & 2 assists.
On the season, The Citadel is averaging 92.8 ppg on 48.7% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 14.5 three-pointers per game on 43.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, The Citadel has been led by Hayden Brown (23.4 ppg, 10.7 rpg, 2.7 apg, 1.1 spg), Kaiden Rice (18.9 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.4 apg), Fletcher Abee (14.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 3.3 apg), & Tyler Moffe (10.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 6.4 apg, 1.8 spg).
Defensively, The Citadel is allowing their opponents to average 69.8 ppg on 39.1% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of 7.0 and a turnover margin of 2.1.
The Paladins are 14-5 ATS in their last 19 road games vs. a team with a winning home record, however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning straight up record. The Bulldogs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall, however, are just 0-5-1 ATS in their last 6 Wednesday games.
The Citadel was able to pile up wins early in this season with an incredible easy schedule that included three games against non-D1 opponents, however, you have to be impressed with their win against a decent Chattanooga team. Furman is a heavy favorite as they should be, however, the Bulldogs can really shoot the ball and as they are on their home court, I just think this is just too many points to pass up on. Good Luck!