The South Carolina State Bulldogs (2-8) can snap a seven-game road losing streak when they clash with the Furman Paladins (6-3) at Timmons Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET on Saturday, December 9, 2017.
South Carolina State Bulldogs vs. Furman Paladins Odds Preview
In the Bulldogs last outing, they had no trouble getting past the Brevard College Tornados, 93-65. Donte Wright was the top scorer from either team with 31 points on 11-for-19 shooting. South Carolina State played a nearly flawless game. They had a phenomenal offensive rebounding percentage of 36.0 (above their season average of 28.8) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.703 (above their season average of 0.427). For those same stats, Brevard College was 22.6 and 0.500, respectively.
The Paladins will look to keep it rolling after defeating the UNC Asheville Bulldogs in their last outing, 83-72. With 22 points on 8-for-9 shooting, Matt Rafferty was the games leading scorer. Furman played a nearly flawless game. They had a great free throw rate of 0.298 (above their season average of 0.194) and a turnover percentage of 17.4 (worse than their season average of 15.6). For those same stats, UNC Asheville was 0.175 and 25.1, respectively.
The offensive glass could be a huge edge for Furman in this meeting. The Paladins rank 88th in offensive rebounding percentage (29.1 percent), while South Carolina State ranks 344th in defensive rebounding percentage (64.5 percent) dating back to the 2016-17 season. Also, the Bulldogs rank 289th in free throw attempt (FTA) rate (0.212), while the Paladins rank 23rd in opponents FTA rate (0.224).
The Bulldogs won the sole contest against the Paladins last season, 69-67. The Bulldogs turnover percentage was their largest strength over the Paladins. South Carolina State had a rate of 10.4, while Furman posted a mark of 14.0.
South Carolina State Bulldogs vs. Furman Paladins ATS Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – South Carolina State, ATS Winner – South Carolina State, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Paladins rank 92nd in assists allowed per game (12.0) while the Bulldogs rank 257th (15.1).
- South Carolina State ranks 255th in blocks per game (2.1) while Furman ranks 256th (2.3).
- Furman ranks ninth in three pointers attempted per game (24.8) while South Carolina State ranks 257th (18.6).
- The Paladins rank 21st in steals per game (7.3) while the Bulldogs rank 222nd (5.4).
- Furman ranks 116th in rebounds per game (35.1) while South Carolina State ranks 290th (32.2).