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Again-to-back old-school rivalry drama for Appalachian State males’s basketball, with former Southern Convention foe Furman headed to Boone.

This would be the 87th assembly within the collection, after final season’s renewal sport at Furman, a 73-65 Paladin win.

Furman, 4-2, is the preseason favourite to win the SoCon and has already knocked off eight-time NCAA Match qualifier Belmont and dropped a 19-point loss on South Carolina.

In the meantime, the Mountaineers is available in after two straight wins, together with a highway victory over East Tennessee State.  Furman shall be App State’s highest-rated RPI opponent to this point this season.


Mike Bothwell: A brilliant-senior guard, Bothwell leads the Paladins at 19.8 factors per sport, scoring much more successfully contained in the arc (practically 60% of his factors) than from behind, the place he’s nonetheless a 38.7-percent shooter. He’s already damaged 20 factors 3 times this season and he’ll seemingly cross 1,500 profession factors on this matchup at App State.

Jalen Slawson: One other fifth-year senior, Slawson scored his 1,000th profession level this month, averaging 15.8 factors and 6.5 rebounds per sport.  He’s taking pictures a powerful 65.0 % from the ground and he additionally leads the defensive effort, with 13 steals and 6 blocked photographs.  Slawson is easy, athletic, and unafraid of difficult greater submit gamers, even at 6’7” himself.

Marcus Foster: One other veteran, Foster is a redshirt junior who established himself as a key participant final season and is constructing on that by six video games this season at 10.3 factors per sport.  Foster continues to be working to develop into extra complementary to Bothwell and Slawson, which makes him a risk to explode on an opponent at any level.

Tyrese Hughey: Sophomore scoring ahead Hughey is definitely the most efficient Paladin, averaging 10.3 factors in simply over quarter-hour per sport off the bench.  In the event you thought Slawson’s 65-percent taking pictures is spectacular, Hughey is taking pictures 73.5 %, together with 6-12 from three-point vary.  He was the second-leading scorer in opposition to Penn State and South Carolina at 13.5 in these video games.

JP Pegues: Pegues’ function has elevated considerably this yr as a brand new starer and he’s a glue man for the Paladins.  There isn’t something that jumps off the web page, however every little thing Pegues does is strong.  He’s averaging 7.8 factors, totally on 39.1-percent three-point taking pictures, and he does just a little of every little thing on each ends of the ground.

Garrett Hien: Hien’s function as a 6’9” versatile scorer has regularly elevated, together with this season the place his taking pictures is healthier from the arc (66.7%) than on two-pointers (60.0%), although unusually he shoots simply 25% on the free-throw line.  Hien is a strong technician within the submit, averaging 8.8 factors and 5.4 rebounds per sport.   

Furman will go one other three guys deeper into the rotation and, as standard, the complete Paladin lineup is strong throughout the board.  Furman is taking pictures 52 % from the ground, practically 38 % from three-point vary, is plus-7.4 in rebounding, and averages 8.5 steals per sport.  Furman’s tempo isn’t very totally different from App State’s however the Paladins are extraordinarily environment friendly scorers, as Kenpom’s Twenty fifth-ranked adjusted offense.


Donovan Gregory: Gregory has been typical Gregory, setting the staff tempo in scoring, at 14.6 factors per sport, and in addition assists (26) and steals (13).  As a major catalyst for the offense, Gregory settles App State down within the halfcourt.  In final season’s sport in opposition to Furman, Gregory scored seven factors (3-4 FG), grabbed six rebounds, handed out 4 assists, and recorded two steals and a blocked shot.   

Tyree Boykin: After a two-game stoop, Boykin has rebounded within the final two wins.  At ETSU, he was particularly essential, scoring 11 of his 13 factors within the second half on good taking pictures.  It’s essential for Boykin to power Paladin guards to work exhausting defensively, to devour a few of their steam on the offensive finish and to offset Furman’s three-point effectivity.

Terrence Harcum: Harcum has earned his means into the beginning rotation and now he wants to boost his consistency from half to half.  In Harcum’s six greatest halves in opposition to DI opponents, he’s averaged 8.0 factors on 50-percent three-point taking pictures in these frames (4 of 6 are second halves), however the numbers drop to 2.3 factors and 0-7 from the arc within the remaining six halves.

Dibaji Walker: After 4 sporadic performances, Walker is averaging 14.5 factors on 66.7-percent taking pictures from the ground and 3-6 on three-pointers up to now two video games, each wins.  He’s earned his means onto the ground throughout crunch time of these video games as effectively, largely based mostly on his potential to attain each from the perimeter and across the rim.

CJ Huntley: Huntley stays a spot-up taking pictures risk, with two-third of his photographs coming from three-point vary, however as groups have remoted on him on the arc his manufacturing has diminished.  Huntley is averaging 7.4 factors per sport with 5-16 three-point taking pictures within the final 5 video games.  With Mountaineer paint manufacturing taking part in a extra vital function of late, Huntley’s kickout alternatives might improve.

Tamell Pearson: Pearson stays a starter, however as Walker’s and Justin Abson’s roles have elevated, Pearson’s minutes have declined to 11.5 per sport during the last 4.  Pearson stays a wily defensive contributor, main the staff in prices taken, however has struggled offensively, which makes him a conditional participant.

Justin Abson: Abson leads the Solar Belt Convention in blocked photographs and stays an intuitive offensive rebounder, which is incomes him crunch-time minutes with video games nonetheless on the road.  Abson’s effectivity is essentially attributable to his potential to play to his strengths and never overreach when he’s on the courtroom.  He contributes persistently as a result of he lets the sport come to him.

Depending on sport state of affairs and who has the recent hand, extra contributions might come from Xavion Brown, Chris Mantis, or Carvell Teasett as effectively.  Consequently, every sport has a interval of experimentation to see which Mountaineers are the most effective match, however that rotation is beginning to work itself out just a little additional in every sport.


Furman runs a really sharp weaving scheme out entrance, utilizing handoff exchanges as pseudo screens, and both driving to the basket or kicking out or crosscourt to open spot-up shooters.  It’s a largely interchangeable offense, the place practically all the Paladins are able to dealing with the ball and attacking the rim.

Furman doesn’t panic or get flustered virtually underneath any circumstance, they only methodically run their stuff and wait till they get the proper seems.  After South Carolina shortly opened up an 11-4 lead over the Paladins, Furman systematically outscored the Gamecocks 75-49 over roughly the ultimate 35:00.

App State has struggled to place two sturdy halves collectively to date this season, however has been capable of overcome that in 4 wins. Nonetheless, that strategy will not be profitable in opposition to a staff as sometimes regular as Furman.

In six DI video games, App State has solely led on the half as soon as and a quicker begin could be helpful in opposition to the Paladins.  Furman has not trailed at halftime of any win this season.

Once more, the groups play at a really comparable tempo, consuming many of the shot clock within the halfcourt, so there’s no distinct benefit there in both course.  In dissecting Furman’s wins, the Paladins thrive off of close-range scoring, having fun with a 50-percent scoring benefit within the paint in spectacular wins over Belmont and South Carolina.

Nonetheless, in losses to Penn State and ODU, PSU drained 11 three-pointers to take the win, whereas ODU outmuscled Furman 36-26 within the paint.

This Mountaineer staff has been its best when it stays extra dedicated to attacking the submit than the perimeter, however a stability of each might be required to knock off Furman.