Furman-Citadel Preview: Bulldogs Look To Put Bite On Paladins

Steve AugerAnalyst IIFebruary 25, 2009

Furman Paladins (6-20, 4-13) at The Citadel Bulldogs (18-10, 13-4)

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2009 – 7:05 PM EST

The Citadel Bulldogs play host to the Furman Paladins on Thursday night as they attempt to keep pace with Davidson in a battle for first place in the South Division.

The Bulldogs enter the game as one of the hottest teams in the nation, having won 10 straight and 11 of their last 12.

Davidson, winners on Wednesday night against UNC-Greensboro, clinched a tie for the division as they improved to 16-2 in league play. The Citadel needs to win out and hope Davidson drops their remaining two contests in order to catch the Wildcats.

When these two teams met earlier in the season, The Citadel pulled out a five point overtime win, 74-69.

Cameron Wells (22 points, six rebounds), Zach Urbanus (20 points, six assists), and Demetrius nelson (17 points, eight rebounds) led the offense for the Bulldogs.

Furman had four players in double figures led by Jordan Miller and Justin Dehm, each with 17 points.

Statistically, The Citadel dominated the game.

They outshot Furman, 52.9 percent to 37.7 percent and out-rebounded the Paladins, 38-26.

But they had twice as many turnovers as Furman, 18-9, and those extra possessions are what kept the Paladins in the game.

If The Citadel plays the same type of game this time around but reduces their turnovers, they should have no problem handling Furman.

Current line: The Citadel -11.5

Furman has a record of 9-10-1 against the spread with a mark of 7-9 as an underdog.

The Citadel is an outstanding 15-6-1 against the spread with a mark of 2-3-1 as a favorite.

The Citadel needs this game to keep pace with Davidson. They’ll get the win and the home crowd will help them to cover.

Steve’s pick: The Citadel -11.5