Eastern Kentucky Colonels vs. East Tennessee State Buccaneers - 12/16/14 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
East Tennessee State Buccaneers (5-2) at Eastern Kentucky Colonels (5-3)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at 7:00 pm (Paul S. McBrayer Arena)
The Line: Eastern Kentucky Colonels -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The East Tennessee State Buccaneers travel to Alumni Coliseum to match up with the Eastern Kentucky Colonels.
The East Tennessee State Buccaneers specialty is scoring points at nearly 85 but their weakness is at the defensive end of the floor where they allow 76. The Buccanners love to run the floor and it's been successful with a 5-2 record. However it wasn't that great in an 80-79 loss to SoCon rival UNC Greensboro where the Spartans fired away at 50% with ETSU responding with 37% which was still competitive with ten more looks at the basket which included a few more threes and foul shots. Jalen Riley led a trio of double digit scorers with a game high 28 points with Rashawn Rembert and AJ Merriweather adding ten points each with Merrriweather hauling in ten rebounds. Desonta Bradford and Lester Wilson combined for another 17 points and eight yanks.
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The Eastern Kentucky Colonels have built a 5-3 record with a few tough ones and a few easy ones so it's tough to get a read on them although they have been able to score a ton of points with a better then average defense. The Colonels snapped a three game slide in a 73-64 decision at Indiana-Purdue as a six point favorite. This game turned out to be a battle of halfcourt attacks with the Jaguars hitting at 49% with 19 giveaways. EKY burned the nets with 55% marksmanship but also gave the ball away 20 times but their 10-24 mark from long range was a difference maker. Corey Walden led all scorers with 20 points with seven pulls and six helpers while Eric Stutz netted 17 points and snagged five boards. Ja'Mill Powell tossed in 14 and Jonathan Hood chipped in with eight points.
The Buccaneers are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. Ohio Valley while going 22-8 ATS in their last 30 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600. ETSU are 19-7 ATS in their last 26 road games vs. a team with a winning home record and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games vs. a team with a winning % above .600. Both teams can score the basketball but Eastern Kentucky is a far better defensive team so ETSU better hit some shots or they will be dead meat...