Louisiana Tech vs. Morehead State - 11/21/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Morehead State Eagles (1-2) at Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (1-1)
College Basketball: Friday, November 21, 2014 at 8:00 pm (Thomas Assembly Center)
The Line: Louisiana Tech Bulldogs -10.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Morehead State Eagles and Louisiana Tech Bulldogs play Friday night at the Thomas Assembly Center.
The Morehead State Eagles have gotten off to a rocky 1-2 start with losses to UNLV and Cincinnati. On the season, Morehead State is averaging 60 points on 33.9 percent shooting and is allowing 64.5 points on 39.4 percent shooting. Of course, Angelo Warner leads Morehead State with 17.5 points on 42.3 percent shooting and Brent Arrington is averaging 13.7 points and leads the Eagles with five rebounds. Kareem Storey is the third Morehead State player averaging double-digit points and Anthony Elechi has been key in limited minutes. Despite the slow start, the Morehead State Eagles are a big threat to win the Ohio Valley Conference due their great defense and ability to rebound the ball. However, Morehead State must find its rhythm offensively or it’ll continue to be a struggle.
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The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs split their first two games with a win over Southern and a loss to Temple. On the season, Louisiana Tech is averaging 80 points on 42.1 percent shooting and is allowing 79 points on 43 percent shooting. Raheem Appleby leads Louisiana Tech with 20.5 points on 35.3 percent shooting and Erik McCree averages 15.5 points and seven rebounds. Alex Hamilton and Kenneth Smith are also averaging double-digit points, and Michale Kyser is playing well at both ends of the floor. While we know the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs can put the ball in the basket, it’s been their lack of defense that’s been most surprising. Louisiana Tech is capable of much more and should start to break out of its shell starting with this big matchup.
The Eagles are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Friday games and 1-8 ATS in their last 9 games following a ATS win. The Bulldogs are 22-10 ATS in their last 32 home games and 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
I'm not sure I'm comfortable laying double-digit chalk with a Louisiana Tech Bulldogs team that has been slow out of the gate defensively. The Morehead State Eagles are no pushover and play good enough defense to keep this thing close. Give me the points.