The UNCW Seahawks (2-6), who are currently on a five-game losing streak, will attempt to get back in the win column when they welcome the Furman Paladins (8-3) to Raiford G. Trask Coliseum. Furman is a 1-point favorite on the opening line, while the games Over/Under (O/U) opened at 162 points. Action starts at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, December 17, 2017.
Furman Paladins vs. UNCW Seahawks Betting Preview
In the Paladins last outing, they dismantled the Montreat Cavaliers, 103-47. With 13 points and 11 rebounds, Matt Rafferty put together a solid game for Furman. Furman dominated every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.154 (matching their season average) and a turnover percentage of 10.6 (better than their season average of 15.4). Montreat put up marks of 0.059 and 22.0, respectively, for those same stats.
The Seahawks are trying to rebound after their 71-58 loss to the UNCG Spartans in their last contest. Devontae Cacok was the top scorer from either team with 22 points on 9-for-13 shooting. UNCG had a turnover percentage of 14.0 (better than their season average of 18.0). UNCW, meanwhile, had a free throw rate of 0.230 (above their season average of 0.216).
The high-powered offense of Furman will go head-to-head against the mid-tier defense of UNCW. Dating back to last season, the Paladins rank 93rd in offensive efficiency, while the Seahawks are 273rd in defensive efficiency. The Paladins should have the advantage on that end of the court.
Games involving these teams have typically finished over the projected point total. Furman games have gone over 60.0 percent of the time, while UNCW games have gone over 66.7 percent of the time. The Paladins hold a clear advantage in terms of straight up (SU) and against the spread (ATS) records. They are 8-3 SU and 3-2 ATS, while the Seahawks are 2-6 SU and 0-5-1 ATS.
Furman Paladins at UNCW Seahawks ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Furman, ATS Winner – UNCW, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Paladins allow the 31st-fewest blocks per game (2.5) while the Seahawks rank 58th (2.9).
- UNCW ranks 22nd in three pointers allowed per game (17.5) while Furman ranks 159th (22.3).
- The Seahawks rank 27th in steals allowed per game (5.0) while the Paladins rank 68th (5.8).
- UNCW ranks 45th in assists per game (16.4) while Furman ranks 75th (15.3).