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College basketball point spread favors Paladins in battle with Mountaineers

Appalachian State MountaineersFurman Paladins
8-18February 22, 2014, 02:00 | Timmons Arena8-18

The Furman Paladins will look to boost their win total and cover the spread when they tip off against the Appalachian State Mountaineers at Timmons Arena on Saturday in NCAA hoops play.

The Paladins currently sports a 8-18 record overall in NCAAB action, and have posted a corresponding betting slate of 7-12 ATS. The Mountaineers are 8-18 and 6-12 ATS. Betting totals have seen the Paladins produce a 8-9 OVER/UNDER record on the season, while the Mountaineers have gone 6-12 against the number.

View Appalachian State Mountaineers vs Furman Paladins Odds and Stats.

The Mountaineers were listed as 1.5-point underdogs at many online sportsbooks, including Sportsbook.ag.

According to new college basketball power rankings here, it's the No. 329-ranked Paladins and the No. 133-rated Mountaineers in this matchup.

Appalachian State was a 74-61 loser in their most recent outing at home against Western Carolina. They failed to cover the 2.5-point spread as underdogs. The Mountaineers endured a 74-61 loss at the hands of the Catamounts on Thursday, despite an 18 -point effort from Tommy Spagnolo at Holmes Convocation Center.

In their last action, Furman was a 70-50 loser on the road against Wofford. They failed to cover the 13-point spread as underdogs. Furman was crushed on Thursday, getting blown out by Wofford and falling by a 70-50 score at Benjamin Johnson Arena.

How They Match Up:
Scoring and defensive stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Furman's No. 222-ranked scoring average of 65.96 PPG, against a Mountaineers defense rated No. 193 and allowing 72.85 PPG. The Paladins FG% has averaged 44.64% to date this season, more than the Mountaineers shooters have managed so far (42.54% per game).

A few Mountaineers at Paladins trends to consider:
Appalachian State is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
Appalachian State is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Appalachian State's last 5 games
Appalachian State is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
Furman is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Furman's last 9 games
Furman is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home
Furman is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Appalachian State at Samford, Thursday, February 27th
Furman at Elon, Monday, February 24th