Furman Paladins vs Charleston Cougars Prediction, 12/5/2020 College Basketball Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Furman Paladins vs Charleston Cougars
Date: Saturday, December 5, 2020
Location: TD Arena in Charleston, SC
Odds/Point Spread: Furman (-7)
The Furman Paladins (3-0) travel to TD Arena on Saturday where they'll take on the Charleston Cougars (1-1). Furman opens this matchup as 7-point favorites. The O/U opens at 139.5.
Furman enters this game with a win-loss mark of 3-0 on the campaign. They have an average of 91.7 pts per contest (25th in college basketball) while connecting on 52.7% from the floor. The Paladins are hitting 28.4% on shots from beyond the arc (19 of 67) and 75.9% from the free throw line. As a unit, Furman is pulling in 47.3 boards per game and has accounted for 62 assists this year, which has them ranked 24th in the nation in terms of passing. They turn the ball over 13.3 times per game and as a unit are committing 18.3 fouls every game. On the defensive end, the Paladins are forcing 17.7 turnovers per contest while drawing 19.7 fouls. The Paladins defense is allowing a field goal percentage of 36.8% (67 of 182) and they surrender 30.7 boards per game as a team. They are 136th in D-1 in giving up assists to their opponents with 33 surrendered this season. They are giving up 23.5% on shots from distance and they are ranked 33rd in D-1 in PPG allowed (58.0).
The Furman Paladins played the Southern Wesleyan Warriors and walked away with a win by a score of 89-49 in their last contest. Furman walked away from the contest with a 51.5% field goal percentage (35 of 68) and made 5 of 24 shots from downtown. When shot from the charity stripe, the Paladins knocked down 14 of their 21 tries for a percentage of 66.7%. When discussing grabbing boards, they earned 50 with 14 of them being offensive. They also doled out 18 assists in this matchup in addition to getting 13 steals and 2 blocked shots. In the matter of defense, Furman allowed their opponent to shoot 51.5% from the floor on 35 out of 68. Southern Wesleyan earned 13 assists and 7 steals for the matchup. Additionally, the Warriors snagged 26 rebounds (8 offensive, 18 defensive) and had 2 rejections. Southern Wesleyan ended up shooting 42.9% at the free throw line by knocking down 9 of 21 shots. They also converted 4 of their 26 tries from distance.
Mike Bothwell is a player who played a role for the matchup. He notched 17 points on 7 out of 12 shooting. He played 27 minutes played and pulled down 6 boards. Bothwell shot 58.3% from the field and earned 2 assists. Another guy that saw a lot of time on the hardwood in this game for the Paladins was Clay Mounce. He totaled 6 boards and accumulated 6 dimes. He finished the game shooting 45.5% from the floor in this contest by hitting 5-of-11 (11 points). Overall, Mounce was on the hardwood for 26 minutes.
Charleston has a mark of 1-1 for the campaign. In terms of offensive execution, the Cougars are hitting on 48.8% from the field, which has them ranked 135th in the nation. Charleston has totaled 159 points on the campaign (79.5 per game) and they grab 39.0 boards per contest. They are dishing out assists 13.5 times per contest (141st in the country) and they lose possession by turning the ball over 10.0 times per contest. The Cougars are committing 21.0 personal fouls every game and they shoot 60.6% from the free throw line. The Cougars on defense are ranked 134th in Division 1 in PPG surrendered with 69.0. They allow 12.0 assists and 37.0 rebounds every game, which ranks them 126th and 170th in those defensive categories. The Charleston defense gives up 27.3% on 3-point shots (12 of 44) and opponents are knocking down 71.4% of their foul shots. They are forcing 12.0 TO's every game and have let teams shoot 38.4% from the field (78th in D-1).
When they last played, the Charleston Cougars got the victory with a final of 99-59 when they played the Limestone Saints. The Cougars were able to corral 30 defensive rebounds and 11 offensive rebounds for a total of 41 in the game. They stuffed 3 tries while recording 8 steals in this matchup. The Saints committed 19 fouls for this game which took the Cougars to the charity stripe for 23 shots. They were able to make 16 of those for a percentage of 69.6%. With regard to shots from beyond the arc, Charleston made 7 of their 21 attempts (33.3%). Overall, the Cougars finished shooting 38 out of 67 from the floor which gave them a shooting percentage of 56.7%. The Cougars allowed the Saints to convert 20 out of their 54 attempts from the floor which gave them a rate of 37.0% for this game. They went 30.8% from beyond the arc by shooting 8 of 26 and walked away from this one shooting 11 of 18 at the free throw line (61.1%). When talking about cleaning the glass, Charleston permitted Limestone to collect 20 in total (3 on the offensive glass).
DeAngelo Epps ended up seeing a lot of time on the hardwood for the Cougars in this game. He converted 1 of 5 for this game for a rate of 20.0%, which had him sitting at 2 points. Epps pulled down 2 boards in his 25 minutes played and had 2 dimes for the matchup. One more player that ended up playing a role for Charleston was Zep Jasper. He notched 21 points in his 23 minutes on the court by going 8 out of 14 from the floor in the game. Jasper ended the game having shot 57.1% from the floor as well as collecting 2 assists and 4 total rebounds.
So what is Tonights Parlay prediction?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Charleston (+7) and over 139.5 points
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