USC Upstate goes up against Furman

Furman (3-2) vs. South Carolina Upstate (2-3)

G.B. Hodge Center, Spartanburg, South Carolina; Saturday, 4 p.m. EST

BOTTOM LINE: South Carolina Upstate plays Furman in an early season matchup. Furman came up short in a 77-66 game at home to Navy on Sunday. South Carolina Upstate is coming off an 82-78 win at South Carolina State on Tuesday.

VETERAN PRESENCE: Senior leadership could play a big role in this game’s outcome. Bryson Mozone, Dalvin White and Josh Aldrich have collectively scored 41 percent of South Carolina Upstate’s points this season. For Furman, Mike Bothwell, Jalen Slawson, Alex Hunter and Conley Garrison have combined to account for 69 percent of all Furman scoring.MIGHTY MIKE: Bothwell has connected on 39.1 percent of the 23 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 9 of 23 over the last five games. He’s also made 81.3 percent of his free throws this season.

ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Paladins have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Spartans. South Carolina Upstate has an assist on 40 of 77 field goals (51.9 percent) across its previous three matchups while Furman has assists on 58 of 88 field goals (65.9 percent) during its past three games.

DID YOU KNOW: Furman as a team has made 12.8 3-pointers per game this season, which is fourth-most among Division I teams.

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