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Eastern Kentucky Colonels vs. SE Missouri State Redhawks - 3/6/14 OVC Tournament Quarterfinal

SE Missouri State Redhawks (18-13) at Eastern Kentucky Colonels (21-9)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 9:30 pm (Nashville Municipal Auditorium)

The Line: Eastern Kentucky Colonels -4 -- Over/Under: 159 See the Latest Odds

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The Southeast Missouri State Redhawks and Eastern Kentucky Colonels will square off Thursday night in the second round of the OVC Tournament. These teams played back on February 1, and Eastern Kentucky won 79-78.

The Redhawks head into the matchup after their Wednesday 79-61 win over Eastern Illinois. They shot 50 percent from the field, grabbed seven more rebounds and received 27 points from Tyler Stone. They remain one of the more explosive offensive teams in the OVC, averaging 81.1 points on 49.6 percent shooting. On the season, they are 13-14 ATS.

Eastern Kentucky Colonels vs. SE Missouri State Redhawks - 3/6/14 OVC Tournament Quarterfinal

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The Colonels will play their first game in five days, and are currently riding a four-game winning streak. On the season, they average 76.8 points and shoot 47.9 percent from the field, while the defense holds their opponents to 71.4 points on 49.2 percent shooting. They’re a balanced offensive team that has three players averaging in the double figures, and they make nearly 75 percent of their free throws as a team. Their weakness, however, is rebounding, as they snag just 26.4 boards per game. On neutral sites, they average 75 points and allow 68 points. They are 11-12-1 ATS on the season.

I think this game is going to come right down to the wire, and I wouldn’t be surprised at all if the Redhawks found a way to win it. They’re shooting lights out from the field, and they have a significant advantage in the rebounding department.

The Colonels only won the last meeting by one-point, and they’re only 1-4 ATS in their last five neutral site games. Meanwhile, the Redhawks are 5-0 ATS in their last five neutral site games, and they have the advantage of playing yesterday to kind of shake any potential rust.

I like the points in this matchup. 

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SE Missouri State Redhawks +4

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