App State (5-4) vs. Furman (6-3)
Timmons Arena, Greenville, South Carolina; Friday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Furman plays App State in a non-conference matchup. App State blew out Boyce by 61 at home on Dec. 12, while Furman is coming off of an 85-80 loss at Winthrop on Tuesday.
SAVVY VETERANS: Each team has relied heavily on their seniors this year. Jalen Slawson, Alex Hunter, Mike Bothwell and Conley Garrison have collectively accounted for 72 percent of Furman’s scoring this season. For App State, Adrian Delph, Michael Almonacy and Justin Forrest have collectively accounted for 49 percent of the team’s total scoring, including 53 percent of all Mountaineers points over their last five.
CREATING OFFENSE: Slawson has either made or assisted on 45 percent of all Furman field goals over the last three games. The senior forward has 18 field goals and 19 assists in those games.
PERFECT WHEN: App State is a perfect 5-0 when its defense holds opponents to a field goal percentage of 42.9 percent or less. The Mountaineers are 0-4 when allowing the opposition to shoot any better than that.
ASSIST DISTRIBUTION: The Paladins have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Mountaineers. Furman has 41 assists on 82 field goals (50 percent) over its previous three games while App State has assists on 38 of 90 field goals (42.2 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: The sturdy App State defense has held opponents to just 57.9 points per game, the 16th-lowest in Division I. Furman has allowed an average of 77.1 points through nine games (ranked 237th, nationally).
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