East Tennessee State Buccaneers vs. Lipscomb Bison Pick-Odds-Prediction - 3/4/14
Lipscomb Bison (15-14) at East Tennessee State Buccaneers (17-14)
College Basketball: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 at 7:00 pm (ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center)
The Line: East Tennessee State Buccaneers -7.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
TV: not listed
The East Tennessee State Buccaneers and Lipscomb Bisons battle in an A-Sun quarterfinal match up at Memorial Center.
You can bet Lipscomb has a few eyes on them even though they finished in a fourth play tie at 10-8. The Bisons have beaten everybody in the Atlantic Sun except Mercer and have the offensive punch to match points with any team. The draw back is opponents have been able to score and have outscored Lipscomb 78-75 on average although that trend was reversed during an 8-2 finish to the regular season. The Bisons won't change a thing in the postseason which means plenty of end to end action with four double digit scorers doing most of the damage with Martin Smith (15.7 ppg) and JC Hampton (14.7 ppg) needing to keep rolling.
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It seems that everybody in the Atlantic Sun can score points and East Tennessee State falls in that category as they have outgunned opponents 77-76 in their up tempo attack. Things didn't start off well in the conference with the Buccaneers beginning league play at 2-4 before turning it on over the last month or so on the strength of an 8-4 run. In this stretch, win or lose, the obvious is ETSU lights up the scoreboard and whether it's in a winning effort is the only question. The Buccaneers are a rarity in the college game with five players that score in double figures led by one of the best in the conference in Rashawn Rembert at almost 17 points.
These teams seem more similar then different although East Tennessee State is better in my view. I think the line is close so I'll try the points and hope for a close one...