Samford at Furman: 2/17/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction

Samford at Furman: 2/17/21 College Basketball Picks and Prediction Photo by Marvin Gentry-USA TODAY Sports

Furman Paladins (12-6) vs Samford Bulldogs (6-11)

Game Info: Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 7:00 pm (Timmons Arena)

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The Samford Bulldogs will travel to Timmons Arena to take on the Furman Paladins this Wednesday night in College Basketball action.

The Samford Bulldogs lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 6-11 on the season after being defeated by the VMI Keydets, 85-56, this past Saturday. Samford had no answers on the offensive end against VMI and could not fight back after the Keydets took a 61-39 lead with 12:39 left in regulation. Samford shot just 30.9% from the field and 17.1% from beyond the arc while VMI shot 42.2% from the field and 38.5% from beyond the arc. Samford committed just 9 turnovers, however, did lose the rebounding battle by a 52-38 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Jaron Rillie who had 11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, & 1 steal.

On the season, Samford is averaging 78.6 ppg on 45.3% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 8.1 three-pointers per game on 31.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Samford has been led by Myron Gordon (15.6 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.7 apg), Christian Guess (15.1 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 2.3 apg), A.J. Staton-McCray (10.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 1.8 apg, 1.6 spg), & Preston Parks (7.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.1 spg).

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Defensively, Samford is allowing their opponents to average 79.1 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of 3.7 and a turnover margin of -1.5.

The Furman Paladins improved to 13-7 on the season after defeating the Western Carolina Catamounts, 88-70, this past Saturday. Furman had their way offensively in the 1st half against Western Carolina and had no trouble securing the victory after going into halftime with a 55-31 lead. Furman shot 49.3% from the field and 38.9% from beyond the arc while Western Carolina shot 51.0% from the field and 35.0% from beyond the arc. Furman was outrebounded by Western Carolina by a 34-32 margin, however, did win the turnover battle by an 18-7 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Paladins was Noah Curley who had 16 points, 8 rebounds, & 3 assists.

On the season, Furman is averaging 80.3 ppg on 48.2% shooting from the field. The Paladins are averaging 9.8 three-pointers per game on 34.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Furman has been led by Matt Bothwell (15.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.7 spg), Clay Mounce (15.2 ppg, 6.5 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.0 spg), Noah Gurley (13.3 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.0 bpg), & Alex Hunter (10.4 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.9 apg, 1.2 spg).

Defensively, Furman is allowing their opponents to average 68.5 ppg on 43.5% shooting from the field. The Paladins have a rebound margin of 2.7 and a turnover margin of 2.6.

The Bulldogs are 16-34-2 ATS in their last 52 games overall and just 7-19-1 ATS in their last 27 road games. The Paladins are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games.

Samford has lost 8 of their last 9 games and despite having an offense that can put up some points, their defense has had no answers keeping opponents of the scoreboard as the Bulldogs come into this game ranked just 323rd in scoring defense. Furman is a solid team on both ends of the court and between the fact that their offense can easily put-up 90+ points on this Samford defense and that the Paladins are 9-1 at home this season, I am taking Furman to cover this large home spread. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Furman Paladins -14.5

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