Check out our free Furman vs East Tennessee State pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Johnson City. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Furman vs East Tennessee State Pick & Preview: Saturday, January 7th Betting Odds
Paladins vs Buccaneers Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Furman Paladins at East Tennessee State Buccaneers
- Where: Johnson City at Freedom Hall Civic Center
- Date: Saturday, January 7th
- Betting Odds: Furman -6.5, FURMAN -286 | ETNST +225 O/U 144.5
The Furman Paladins head into today’s game in what will be their 17th game of the season, posting a record of 11-5. On the road, the Paladins will be playing their 6th game of the season, having gone 2-4. This season, Furman has been favored to win in 11 games, sitting with a mark of 8-3. For today’s contest, Furman has a betting line set -6.5 points in their favor.
Furman’s leading scorer this season is Mike Bothwell, who is averaging 19.94 points per contest. So far, Bothwell has accounted for 24.11% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.56 rebounds per game and 4.38 assists. Jalen Slawson is the second leading scorer for the Paladins, averaging 14.31 points per game. Between him and Slawson, they are accounting for 41.4% of the team’s scoring.
Through 16 games, Furman has been playing well on offense, averaging 77.6 points per game. Even though the team has been methodical with their pace, the Paladins’ shooters have been hot from outside, hitting 38.0% of their shots per game. This strong shooting percentage has equated to an average of 11.79 made 3’s per contest.
The East Tennessee State Buccaneers head into today’s game in what will be their 17th game of the season, posting a record of 6-10. So far this season, East Tennessee State has played 10 games at home, sitting with a record of 4-6. For the season, East Tennessee State has been the underdog in 5 games, sitting with a mark of 1-4. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Buccaneers being +6.5 point underdogs.
East Tennessee State’s leading scorer this season is Jordan King, who is averaging 12.94 points per contest. So far, King has accounted for 18.48% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 3.81 rebounds per game and 2.94 assists. Jalen Haynes is the second leading scorer for the Buccaneers, averaging 12.88 points per game. Between him and Haynes, they are accounting for 36.9% of the team’s scoring.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for East Tennessee State this season, as they are currently ranked 169th in college basketball at 72.1 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Buccaneers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 35.0%, placing them 177th in the NCAA.
Free Spread Prediction: East Tennessee State Buccaneers +6.5
A key to this matchup, will be 3-point shooting. Coming into the game, both Furman and East Tennessee State are excellent 3-point shooting teams, averaging 11.79 and 8.78 made 3’s per game, respectively. In terms of the odds, we like the East Tennessee State Buccaneers to cover as +6.5 point dogs. Look for their defense to do a good enough job closing out on the Paladins’ outside shooters to make things difficult for Furman. At +6.5 we like the chances of East Tennessee State covering the spread as underdogs.