Furman Paladins

Are part of the Southern Conference, were established in 1826, and their home arena is Timmons Arena, Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina.
Furman Paladins

The Furman Paladins men’s basketball team embodies a rich tradition of excellence and resilience in NCAA basketball. Representing Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, this team has not just played the game; it has lived it, creating a tapestry of stories, triumphs, and a culture that resonates deeply within the collegiate basketball sphere. From historic victories to periods of rebuilding, the Paladins’ journey is a mirror of determination, spirit, and the unyielding pursuit of greatness.

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The Furman Paladins’ history is dotted with remarkable achievements and notable milestones that define its unique character. One of the highlights includes their debut in the College Basketball AP Poll in 2018, a testament to their rising prominence. Another significant moment was the end of a 43-year hiatus from the NCAA Division I Tournament in 2023, marking one of the longest droughts and a remarkable return to form.

This resurgence was symbolized by an impressive upset against the 4th seeded Virginia, showcasing the team’s ability to defy odds. Furman’s tradition of honoring its basketball legends is evident in the six retired jerseys, each telling the story of a player who left an indelible mark on the program. Moreover, the multiple Southern Conference titles won over the years reflect Furman’s consistent dominance and competitiveness within their conference.

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The Historical Tapestry of the Furman Paladins

Tracing its roots back to the early 20th century, Furman’s basketball program has been a story of evolution, overcoming challenges, and embracing opportunities. The team’s history is punctuated by notable eras, such as the early NCAA tournament appearances in the 1970s, which set the foundation for future success. Over the years, the program has seen fluctuations in its fortunes, with periods of both dominance and rebuilding. These phases are characterized by a consistent theme of growth and a commitment to excellence, which have been the cornerstones of Furman basketball. The journey of the Paladins is a reflection of not just athletic prowess but also of the spirit of perseverance and the relentless pursuit of excellence that defines NCAA basketball.

The Golden Era

The mid-1970s marked a golden era in Furman basketball history, an epoch that saw the team rise to national prominence with significant NCAA tournament appearances and wins. This period was shaped by a coaching philosophy that emphasized tenacity, teamwork, and strategic play, which became the hallmark of Furman basketball. Players like Jonathan Moore and Clyde Mayes became synonymous with this era, epitomizing the skill, dedication, and spirit of the team. The successes of this era, both on and off the court, helped to establish Furman as a formidable force in collegiate basketball, setting a standard for future generations.

A Game to Remember

Among the many memorable games in Furman’s history, the 2023 NCAA tournament game against Virginia stands out as a landmark. This game was not just a basketball match; it was a narrative of resilience, strategy, and the triumph of the underdog. The Paladins’ victory in this game was a testament to their skills, strategic acumen, and unyielding spirit. The game’s intense moments, dramatic turns, and the ultimate triumph served as an embodiment of what Furman basketball has always been about – the courage to dream big and the ability to turn those dreams into reality.

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Regular Season

Week Date Opponent Result
Week 1 Date: Mon 06/11/2023 Opponent: North Greenville Crusaders Result: W 84-68
Week 1 Date: Fri 10/11/2023 Opponent: Belmont Bruins Result: W 99-76
Week 2 Date: Thu 16/11/2023 Opponent: Liberty Flames Result: L 74-88
Week 2 Date: Fri 17/11/2023 Opponent: Coastal Carolina Chanticleers Result: W 89-80
Week 2 Date: Sun 19/11/2023 Opponent: Wyoming Cowboys Result: L 71-78
Week 3 Date: Sat 25/11/2023 Opponent: UAB Blazers Result: L 86-92
Week 4 Date: Tue 28/11/2023 Opponent: South Carolina State Bulldogs Result: W 86-78
Week 4 Date: Sat 02/12/2023 Opponent: Princeton Tigers Result: L 69-70
Week 5 Date: Mon 04/12/2023 Opponent: Arkansas Razorbacks Result: L 83-97
Week 5 Date: Sat 09/12/2023 Opponent: Bob Jones Bruins Result: W 100-58
Week 6 Date: Thu 14/12/2023 Opponent: Tulane Green Wave Result: L 110-117
Week 7 Date: Tue 19/12/2023 Opponent: Presbyterian Blue Hose Result: W 76-61
Week 8 Date: Sat 30/12/2023 Opponent: Anderson (SC) Trojans Result: L 74-79
Week 9 Date: Wed 03/01/2024 Opponent: UNC Greensboro Spartans Result: L 68-79
Week 9 Date: Sat 06/01/2024 Opponent: Chattanooga Mocs Result: L 58-73
Week 10 Date: Wed 10/01/2024 Opponent: The Citadel Bulldogs Result: W 82-68
Week 10 Date: Sat 13/01/2024 Opponent: East Tennessee St. Buccaneers Result: W 82-73
Week 11 Date: Wed 17/01/2024 Opponent: VMI Keydets Result: W 100-60
Week 11 Date: Sat 20/01/2024 Opponent: Western Carolina Catamounts Result: W 65-62
Week 12 Date: Wed 24/01/2024 Opponent: Samford Bulldogs Result: W 78-68
Week 12 Date: Sat 27/01/2024 Opponent: Wofford Terriers Result: L 67-77
Week 13 Date: Wed 31/01/2024 Opponent: The Citadel Bulldogs Result: W 82-79
Week 13 Date: Sun 04/02/2024 Opponent: UNC Greensboro Spartans Result: L 87-89
Week 14 Date: Wed 07/02/2024 Opponent: Mercer Bears Result: L 69-78
Week 14 Date: Sat 10/02/2024 Opponent: East Tennessee St. Buccaneers Result: W 65-63
Week 15 Date: Wed 14/02/2024 Opponent: VMI Keydets Result: W 75-62
Week 15 Date: Sun 18/02/2024 Opponent: Chattanooga Mocs Result: W 82-65
Week 16 Date: Wed 21/02/2024 Opponent: Samford Bulldogs Result: L 72-74
Week 16 Date: Sat 24/02/2024 Opponent: Wofford Terriers Result: W 82-67
Week 17 Date: Wed 28/02/2024 Opponent: Western Carolina Catamounts Result: L 77-85
Week 17 Date: Sat 02/03/2024 Opponent: Mercer Bears Result: L 75-82

Post Season

Week Date Opponent Result
Conf. Tournament Date: Sat 09/03/2024 Opponent: Western Carolina Catamounts Result: W 79-76
Conf. Tournament Date: Sun 10/03/2024 Opponent: Samford Bulldogs Result: L 77-84

Home of Furman Paladins: Timmons Arena

Timmons Arena, more than just a venue, is a repository of memories, achievements, and the indefatigable spirit of the Furman Paladins. It has been the battleground for numerous memorable games, embodying the passion and energy of both players and fans. The arena’s history is intertwined with that of the team, each game adding to its legacy. The atmosphere in Timmons Arena during game days is electrifying, a palpable manifestation of the community’s support and love for the team. This venue has not just witnessed basketball games; it has been a witness to the evolution of a team and its enduring legacy in NCAA basketball.

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