The Chattanooga Mocs (18-16) will match up against the Furman Paladins (26-7) in the 2023 SoCon Tournament championship game on Monday evening. It's a rematch of last year's title game that Chattanooga won. These rivals have been playing since 1978, with the Mocs leading the all-time series 55-37. Furman, however, won both regular season games this year, including a 79-58 victory over Chattanooga on Feb. 1. The winner secures its bid to the NCAA Tournament.
Tipoff from Harrah's Cherokee Center in Asheville is set for 7 p.m. ET. The Paladins are 4.5-point favorites in the latest Chattanooga vs. Furman odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the over/under for total points scored is 150.5. Before locking in any Furman vs. Chattanooga picks, you need to see the college basketball predictions and betting advice from SportsLine's advanced computer simulation model.
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Now, the model has set its sights on Furman vs. Chattanooga and just locked in its picks and CBB predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the model's picks. Now, here are several college basketball odds and betting lines for Chattanooga vs. Furman:
- Chattanooga vs. Furman spread: Paladins -4.5
- Chattanooga vs. Furman over/under: 150.5 points
- Chattanooga vs. Furman money line: Paladins -195, Mocs +162
- CHAT: Mocs are 4-0 ATS in their last four neutral site games
- FUR: Paladins are 9-3 ATS in their last 12 games following a straight-up win
- Chattanooga vs. Furman picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why Furman can cover
Senior forward Jalen Slawson is an athletic and versatile scoring threat for the Paladins. Slawson brings value as a secure rebounder and willing passer. The South Carolina native is moving constantly without the ball to create space. Slawson is fifth in the conference in points (15.6), fourth in rebounds (7.2) and second in blocks (1.6). In his last outing, he finished with 15 points, nine board and two blocks.
Sophomore guard JP Pegues has great court vision and awareness to set up the offense. Pegues utilizes his quickness to get past the defender and finish around the basket. The Tennessee native averages 11.9 points, 4.0 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game. He has recorded at least 20 points in three straight games. On Mar. 5, Pegues amassed 24 points and five boards.
Why Chattanooga can cover
Senior center Jake Stephens is an athletic and smooth-shooting big man in the frontcourt. Stephens has showcased his soft touch and range to space the floor. The West Virginia native averages 21.8 points, 9.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game. Additionally, he shoots 41% from beyond the arc. In his previous outing, Stephens logged 25 points, seven boards and four steals.
Senior guard Jamal Johnson provides the Mocs with a reliable ball handler. Johnson knows how to break down the defense and get a score from different spots on the court. The Alabama native puts up 13.8 points and 4.3 rebounds per contest. On Saturday, he totaled 25 points, five rebounds and three assists.
How to make Chattanooga vs. Furman picks
SportsLine's model is leaning Over on the total, projecting 153 combined points. The model also says one side of the spread hits well over 50% of the time. You can only see the model's picks at SportsLine.
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