NCAAB: #13 Furman vs #5 San Diego State, Prediction and Odds (Mar 18)

  • The Round of 32 kicks off on Saturday.
  • Furman had the win of the tourney with a stunner over Virginia.
  • The Aztecs hung tight against a tough Furman team.

Furman was a popular upset pick, and the Virginia Cavaliers blew the ending in the wildest finish so far. The Aztecs defeated Charleston in a tight game, and the winner heads to the Sweet 16 to face the Alabama-Maryland winner.

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How to Watch

  • Where: Amway Center, Orlando, Florida
  • When: Saturday, March 18, 2023, 12:10 PM ET
  • How to Watch: CBS


Game Preview

The Furman Paladins, yes, the Furman Paladins are in the Round of 32. Furman scored 41 points in the second half and they looked done with seconds left.

Then, madness happened. Virginia guard Kihei Clark was trapped, threw a desperation pass, and from there, the rest is history.

JP Pegues is the new hero for Furman, and he hit the game-winning three in an unreal finish.

Furman hung around all game long, and this is another early loss for Virginia. The Paladins have a good shot at making the Sweet 16, although San Diego State is a tough team.

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The Aztecs had a tricky first-round matchup with the College of Charleston, but Brian Dutcher finally got his first win as head coach. San Diego State won, 63-57, and Matt Bradley led the way with 17 points and 7 rebounds.

The Aztecs’ defense was suffocating all game long, and when it looked like Charleston was going to climb back in, Micah Parrish hit a dagger three that proved to seal the deal.

The Aztecs are trying to get back to the Sweet 16, and this is a terrific opportunity.


Furman fought hard all game long, although it took a costly, unreal blunder by Virginia and a clutch three for Furman to get the win. The Aztecs play a similar style as Virginia — tough defense and a slow pace on offense.

The Aztecs’ gritty style wore on Charleston, and it will also be a shocker for Furman. The Aztecs break away in the final minutes, get the win, beat the spread, and head to the Sweet 16 to face the Crimson Tide.



Matt is a sports fanatic and originally from sunny Southern California. He has covered multiple sports over the past half dozen years and also covers USC and Colorado sports as well as the Mountain West.

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