Furman vs Elon Preview and Prediction
Furman vs Elon Preview
Furman and the Top 25 don’t usually go hand-in-hand.
Two weeks after beating Villanova 76-68, Furman (8-0) on Monday made its first-ever appearance in the Associated Press poll at No. 25. With the win over the Wildcats, the Paladins, who visit former Southern Conference rival Elon on Tuesday in Elon, N.C., have beaten half of last season’s Final Four. They also took down Loyola-Chicago, 60-58 on Nov. 9. Both wins came on the road.
“This is a great moment for our program and our university,” Paladins coach Bob Richey said, according to Fox Carolina.
“It’s something that we have been working really hard towards, and we’ll obviously celebrate it, but at the same time, we’ve got to make sure we don’t rest on the ranking. We’ve got to continue to improve and focus on the things that got us here.”
“The way that we believe in each other and the way everyone in this program believes in everyone’s abilities and the confidence that we hold here is something that is just so special,” Lyons said, according to the Mid-Major Madness.
Furman, which entered the week as one of 11 unbeaten teams in Division I, had received Top 25 votes each of the past two weeks and broke through despite being taken to two overtimes by Western Carolina.
The Paladins are led by guard Jordan Lyons, who’s averaging better than 21 points per game.
One day after Robert Morris’ Josh Williams tied the NCAA record with 15 3-pointers last month, Lyons tied it again, while setting the record for 3-point attempts with 34 and scoring 54 points.
Lyons’ 54 points were the most in a Division I game since Kentucky’s Jodie Meeks scored the same in a 2009 game against Tennessee.
Elon (3-5) comes into the game off a 65-58 home loss to Boston University. The Phoenix’s only one win over a Division I opponent came in the season opener over Manhattan.
There are not many high expectations on campus this season–the Phoneix were picked to finish 8th (out of 10 teams) in the CAA this season.
Elon is led by two seniors:
Steve Santa Ana: 14.1 points, 6.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists
Tyler Seibring: 13.4 points, 4.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists
No other Phoenix player averages double-figures in scoring–if Elon is going to pull the upset, Santa Ana and Seibring will need to bring it on the court.
Elon leads the all-time series between the teams 11-5, but Furman beat the Phoenix 76-67 a year ago.
LINE: -7.5 Furman
Furman is having a magical start to their season. I don’t see it slowing down against an Elon program picked to finish at the backend of their conference.
Furman 73 Elon 58