College of Charleston (5-2) vs. Furman (5-2)
Timmons Arena, Greenville, South Carolina; Friday, 7 p.m. EST
BOTTOM LINE: Two senior forwards will be on display as John Meeks and College of Charleston will go up against Jalen Slawson and Furman. Meeks is averaging 13.4 points over the last five games. Slawson is averaging 16 points over the last five games.
SAVVY SENIORS: Furman has relied heavily on its seniors this year. Slawson, Mike Bothwell, Alex Hunter and Conley Garrison have combined to account for 69 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 71 percent of all Paladins points over the last five games.MIGHTY MEEKS: Meeks has connected on 39.3 percent of the 28 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 7 of 18 over the last five games. He’s also converted 81 percent of his free throws this season.
PERFECT WHEN: College of Charleston is a perfect 5-0 when its defense holds opponents to a field goal percentage of 51.9 percent or less. The Cougars are 0-2 when allowing the opposition to shoot any better than that.
ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Paladins have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Cougars. Furman has 50 assists on 86 field goals (58.1 percent) over its past three games while College of Charleston has assists on 39 of 76 field goals (51.3 percent) during its past three games.
DID YOU KNOW: The Furman offense has scored 85 points per game this season, ranking the Paladins 14th nationally. The College of Charleston defense has allowed 79.4 points per game to opponents (ranked 225th).
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