Paladins vs. Tigers Prediction
The Furman Paladins are undefeated and ranked 24th nationally, but face one of their toughest tests of the season tonight as they square off with the host LSU Tigers. Will underdog Furman end the night still without a blemish to its name?
Friday, December 21, 2018
Pete Maravich Assembly Center at 8PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Tigers are an 8.5-point favorite on the spread line. The total is set at 148.5 points. As of Friday morning, 76 percent of public bets are being placed on host LSU. Check out our College Basketball Public Betting Page for the latest updates.
Paladins blast UNCW
Furman moved to 12-0 on the season Saturday afternoon with a 93-50 home victory over the Seahawks. Clay Mounce paced the Paladins with 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting including 6-of-11 from 3-point range. He added 10 rebounds, five assists, two steals and two blocked shots. Jordan Lyons tallied 16 points and four assists. Alex Hunter had 14 points, six rebounds, three assists and three blocks. Matt Rafferty added 13 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, four steals and two blocks. Furman shot 36-76 from the floor in the win and 17-of-46 from 3-point range.
Tigers hold off St. Mary's
Louisiana State survived a late rally by the Gaels Saturday night to win 78-74 at home. The Tigers (8-3) shot 25-of-56 from the floor in the win including 6-of-17 from 3-point distance, while going 22-of-25 at the charity stripe. Tremont Waters paced LSU with 18 points off the bench on 7-of-12 shooting including 3-of-5 from 3-point range. He added three assists, two rebounds and two steals. Emmitt Williams registered 15 points as a reserve to go with six boards and two dimes. Naz Reid had 14 points and five rebounds. Skylar Mays added 14 points three steals, two boards and two assists.
College Basketball Betting Trends
The Paladins are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games versus a team with a winning home record. Furman is 4-1 ATS in its last five road games.
The Tigers are 2-5 ATS in their last seven home games. LSU is 1-9-1 ATS in its last 11 Friday games.
I've faded Furman some as a big favorite and had success in a couple spots, but I actually like the Paladins as an underdog here. Just like the big Villanova upset, this game will be a proving ground for them and a chance to gain solid seeding in March as long as they make the NCAA Tournament. LSU is favored for a reason, but expect Furman to keep it close and within the number.
NCAA DAILY PREDICTION: FURMAN PALADINS +8.5