Iowa State just missed getting the upset at Baylor, with the Cyclones comfortably finishing inside the number. I’ll stay in the colleges for the Thursday comp.

785 FURMAN at 786 SAMFORD

Take: SAMFORD -3

Samford gets no recognition nationally as they’re in a non-marquee conference, but this is one of the most improved teams in college basketball. Actually, Furman is also exceeding expectations, so this has a chance to be a pretty good game.

But matching the two teams up category by category, it’s the Bulldogs earning most of the check marks. There’s also the home chalk double revenge angle, which is working extremely well so far in conference play.

I don’t see the Paladins getting blown out here, but I do expect Samford to win and the points are reasonable, so I’m on the home side here.

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