Furman vs. San Diego State Odds, Spread & Predictions (March 18)
March 16, 2023; Orlando, FL, USA; San Diego State Aztecs guard Matt Bradley (20) dribbles the ball in front of College of Charleston Cougars guard Reyne Smith (2) during the first half at the Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports
- Furman meets San Diego State in the second round of March Madness on Saturday, March 18
- The No. 13 Paladins upset Virginia on Thursday while the No. 5 Aztecs led Charleston
- Read on for all Furman vs. San Diego State odds and predictions
The Furman Paladins are looking to build on their first NCAA tournament win in 49 years when they take on the San Diego State Aztecs in the second round of the South Region on Saturday.
The start time for Saturday afternoon’s matchup is set for 12:10 p.m. ET at the Amway Center in Orlando, with all the action televised on CBS.
Furman vs San Diego State Odds
|team||spread||money line||In total|
| Furman Paladins||+5.5 (-102)||+202||O137.5 (-115)|
| State of San Diego||-5.5 (-120)||-250||U 137.5 (-105)|
Editor’s note: The moneyline odds have turned in Furman’s favor. By Saturday morning, Furman’s odds had improved to +190 with SDSU at -240. The spread was still 5.5 and 137.5 overall.
The Aztecs have emerged as the 5.5 point favorite on the March Madness odds. The Paladins are listed as +202 moneyline underdogs and the total is fixed at 137.5 with the OVER shortened to -115.
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The Paladins, No. 13 in the South, were as much as 12 points down after the break before charging back in the dying seconds to claim victory with a three-pointer from JP Pegues and have now won seven in a row.
The fifth-placed Aztecs had their hands full early on Thursday against Charleston but took control after the break on their way to a 63-57 win and their first opening-round win at March Madness since 2015.
Furman vs San Diego State March Madness History
Saturday afternoon’s matchup is the first-ever meeting of these teams. The Paladins claimed a spot on March Madness for the first time in 43 years by topping the Southern Conference standings with a 15-3 SU record and then marching to the Southern Conference tournament title with three wins.
The Aztecs’ victory over the College of Charleston has them poised to return to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2014. Overall, SDSU has suffered just three losses in 24 competitions since mid-December, winning 9-2 ATS in the past 11 while being favored by five points or more.
Furman’s Final Four ratings improved to between +15,000 and +3,000 after her impressive comeback win.
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Opportunistic Paladins frustrate Cavs with disgruntled victory
The Paladins, not known for dominating defense this season, managed to consistently frustrate Virginia on their way to an impressive 68-67 win on Thursday, especially after the break. The Cavaliers dominated the color in the first half while walking 46% from the field, but gave Virginia a headache in the second half. Trailing 12, the Paladins switched to zone defense and quickly closed the gap on the Cavaliers, who were only shooting 2-for-12 from outside the arc that day.
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With the victory, the Paladins have now kept opponents under 70 points in nine of their 13 games. At the top, Senior Jalen Slawson led an opportunistic Furman attack and notched a game-high 19 points, along with 10 rebounds. Slawson has now averaged 18 points and eight boards in his last three games and has nine double-doubles this season.
Aztecs survive first round challenge of Charleston
The Cougars gave the Aztecs a good run for their money in the first round. Charleston managed to hold on tightly for the first 20 minutes but could not keep up after the break when SDSU ended their triple losing streak at the NCAA tournament. In fact, Thursday’s competition wasn’t as close as the result suggested, as the Aztecs forced Charleston to rely heavily on three-point shooting while converting just 32.1% from the floor.
At the top, leading scorer Matt Bradley was the only Aztec shooter to be in double figures, scoring 17 points and seven boards. Big man Jaedon Ledee came off the bench to record eight points and eight rebounds for the second time in as many games.
Furman vs San Diego State Prediction
Opportunity will knock for the Paladins on Saturday if they can continue to effectively adjust their defenses to rapidly changing game situations. The challenge for Furman is to find a way to generate an attack against an Aztec squad that limits opponents to just 54.8 points per game during a 5-0 run. That sets the stage for a low-point affair, with all the pressure placed squarely on SDSU’s back.
The Choice: Paladins +5.5 (-102); BELOW 137.5 (-110)
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