San Diego State vs Furman Prediction March Madness

San Diego State vs Furman Prediction March Madness

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Preview

The second-round matchup between the Furman Paladins and the San Diego State Aztecs is one of the most anticipated games in the NCAA Tournament. The Aztecs, who are the eighth seed in the South Region, will face off against the thirteenth-seeded Paladins. Both teams have had an impressive season, and this game is expected to be a close one. In this article, we will conduct an extensive review of both teams and provide our prediction for the game's outcome.

 

San Diego State Aztecs

The San Diego State Aztecs come into the game with a 28-6 record, and they finished with a 15-3 record in the Mountain West Conference. The Aztecs are known for their defensive prowess, ranking sixth in the nation in points allowed per game. However, they also have a strong offense, averaging 73.2 points per game.

San Diego State faced off against Charleston in their first-round game. The Aztecs won the game 63-57, thanks in large part to a strong second-half performance. Matt Bradley led the way for San Diego State with 17 points, while Darrion Trammell chipped in with 12 points of his own.

The Aztecs shot 42.9% from the field and 25% from beyond the arc, while also limiting their turnovers to just 14. They also outrebounded Charleston 40 to 34. This win showed that San Diego State is a well-rounded team that can find ways to win even when they are not shooting well.

 

Furman Paladins

Furman Paladins come into the game with a 28-7 record, and they finished with a 15-3 record in the Southern Conference. The Paladins are coming off an impressive upset victory over the Virginia Cavaliers in the first round of the tournament.

Furman is a team that should not be underestimated. They have proven that they can beat some of the best teams in the league, and they have the momentum coming into this game. Their win against the Virginia Cavaliers should not be taken lightly, and it shows that they can hang with any team in the NCAA Tournament.

Furman faced off against the Virginia Cavaliers in the first round of the South Region. Despite being the underdog, Furman was able to pull off a stunning upset by beating Virginia 68-67. Jalen Slawson led the way for Furman with 19 points, while Mike Bothwell chipped in with 17 points of his own.

The Paladins shot 39.3% from the field and 35.7% from beyond the arc, while also limiting their turnovers to just 9. They also outrebounded Virginia 31 to 39. This impressive win over one of the best defensive teams in the country shows that Furman is more than capable of competing with the best teams in the NCAA.

In their last ten games, the Paladins have a record of 9-1, and their only loss came against the East Tennessee State Buccaneers. Furman has been on a hot streak lately, averaging 81.0 points per game and shooting 47.3% from the field. Their defense has also been impressive, allowing only 70.0 points per game to their opponents.

 

Betting Trends

In terms of betting trends, San Diego State has been inconsistent against the spread this season, with a record of 16-15-2. They have also struggled in recent games, failing to cover the spread in three of their last four games. On the other hand, Furman has been strong against the spread, with a record of 19-13. They have also covered the spread in six of their last seven games.

 

Public Betting Data

According to the latest data available, the public is heavily favoring San Jose State Spartans to win and cover the -8 points spread against Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles. As of now, 82.3% of bets have been placed on the Spartans, while only 17.7% have been placed on the Screaming Eagles.

 

Prediction

The key to this game will be the battle between the Aztecs' defense and the Paladins' offense. San Diego State is a tough team to score against, but Furman has proven that they can put points on the board against quality opponents. In the Paladins' upset victory over Virginia, they shot 50% from the field and made 10 three-pointers.

The Aztecs will need to find a way to slow down Furman's offense, and they will likely look to guard Mike Bothwell closely. Bothwell is the Paladins' leading scorer, averaging 18.0 points per game. However, Furman has other players who can step up, including Jalen Slawson, who is averaging 16.1 points and 7.3 rebounds over the last 10 games.

On the defensive end of the court, Furman will need to find a way to slow down San Diego State's balanced offense. The Aztecs have several players who can score, including Matt Bradley, who is averaging 13.2 points over the last 10 games.

While San Diego State is the favorite to win this game, Furman has shown that they are capable of pulling off upsets. The Paladins' victory over Virginia was proof of that, and they will enter this game with confidence.

Furman is a dangerous team, and they have the potential to keep the game close and cover the +5.5 points spread. While San Diego State has a strong defense, Furman has proven that they can score against quality opponents. If the Paladins can continue to shoot the ball well, they will have a chance to pull off another upset and advance to the next round of the NCAA Tournament.

 

PICK: Furman +5.5 (-110)

 

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