Furman vs. Samford: Full Game Preview
|Furman||C Reddick 12.8||C Reddick 6.2||S Croone 4.1|
|Samford||R Kelly 14.5||T Williams 7.2||R Kelly 4.7|
Furman squares off against Samford in the first round of the SoCon Tournament at Asheville Civic Center on Friday. It gets started at 2 p.m. EST and you can see it on ESPN3.com. The Paladins lost to the Bulldogs 64-53 on Feb. 16 and are 6-4 against them over the last four years.
The Paladins fell 74-50 to College of Charleston on Mar. 2. Colin Reddick finished with 16 points in the loss. On top of his scoring average of 12.8 points per game, he delivers 6.2 rebounds per game. For the Bulldogs, Tim Williams finished with 13 points and 13 rebounds in the 56-54 loss to Western Carolina on Mar. 2. He puts up a team-leading 7.2 rebounds per game, 1.4 steals per game, and 1.1 blocks per game.
- Furman players are more experienced than Samford players (11,988 minutes played vs. 10,476 minutes played).
- The Furman basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Samford (92 percent vs. 79 percent).
- Furman has an average margin of victory of 10 over Samford in eight wins since 1991.
- Colin Reddick is ranked 9th in SoCon in blocks.
- Furman has a much higher 4-year graduation rate than Samford according to Kiplinger (81.3 percent vs. 53.2 percent).
- Kendrec Ferrara is ranked 6th in SoCon in blocks.
- Stephen Croone is ranked 7th in SoCon in assists.
- Furman is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Furman is 200 lbs compared to 190 lbs for Samford.
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Furman currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (981 to 1000) than Samford, per the NCAA.
- Furman has a better overall winning percentage over the last five years (40.5 percent to 39.4 percent).
- Furman has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (68 percent vs. 84 percent).
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