With March Madness’s opening round almost in the books, bettors should start thinking about the Round of 32. Several teams with double-digit seeding are getting plenty of points against the spread. The Furman-San Diego State odds point to his bet as a +ROI wager at DraftKings. For more Furman-San Diego State predictions and March Madness bets, check out OddsShopper’s tools.
Furman-San Diego State Odds & Best Bet | March Madness
San Diego State (-6) vs. Furman
The Furman Paladins pulled off a miraculous upset over the Virginia Cavaliers in the opening round of the tournament. A terrible decision on an inbound led the Paladins to make a go-ahead 3-pointer with just seconds left in the game, sending No. 4 Virginia home in the process. They’ll now get the No. 5 San Diego State Aztecs with a bid to the Sweet 16 on the line.
San Diego State plays a brand of basketball that’s prone to tournament collapses. The Aztecs rank 247th in adjusted tempo on the season and 330th in the metric since the start of February. Operating at such a slow pace allows variance to play a bigger role in the box score, as the lack of extra possessions means that hot or cold streaks will have less time to get evened out. Slow-paced Virginia learned this the hard way in the Round of 64.
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The Aztecs have played impressive basketball this year but aren’t the best team at winning by healthy margins. They are just 16-15-2 against the spread (51.2%). Five of their last 10 wins came by five points or fewer. Their opening-round win over Charleston came by only seven points and would have easily been closer but for some bad calls and poor decision-making by the Cougars.
Furman didn’t even have its best player down the stretch against Virginia and still managed to win. The Paladins have the makings of a real Cinderella team this year, which is why Pinnacle, a sharp book, has the juice stacked on them to cover the +6. Fortunately, you can still buy the +6 at -110 via DraftKings Sportsbook. Readers yet to register at DraftKings can get $200 in bonus bets after placing a $5 wager!
March Madness Furman-San Diego State Prediction & Bet: Furman +6 (-110 for 0.52 Unit) at DraftKings