Eastern Washington vs. Sacramento State - Big Sky Chamionship - 3/13/15 Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Sacramento State (20-10) at Eastern Washington Eagles (24-8)
College Basketball: Friday, March 13, 2015 at 7:30 pm (Dahlberg Arena)
The Line: Eastern Washington Eagles -4.0 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Sacramento State Hornets and Eastern Washington Eagles will go to battle in the semifinals of the Big Sky Championship at Dahlberg Arena this Friday night.
The Sacramento State Hornets (20-10) defeated the Portland State Vikings 70-60 with a strong defensive effort in the second half to stay alive in the Big Sky Tournament this past Thursday. Sacramento State earned the 3-seed in the Big Sky Tournament with a 13-5 conference record. The Hornets shot 51.0% from the field while holding Portland State to just 30.0% (6-20) shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for Sacramento State was Mikh McKinney who had 24 points and 5 rebounds. The Hornets are ranked 152nd in the RPI Standings and have played the 305th ranked SOS. On the season, Sacramento State has been led by Mikh McKinney (19.0 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 5.0 apg, 2.6 spg) and Dylan Garrity (13.3 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.7 apg). Sacramento State is averaging 70.4 ppg (ranked 93rd) on 48.5% shooting (ranked 13th). The Hornets have a 1.32 assist/turnover ratio (ranked 32nd) and shoot 40.6% from beyond the arc (ranked 7th). Defensively, Sacramento State is allowing their opponents to average 67.4 ppg (ranked 198th) on 46.4% shooting (ranked 317th). The Hornets pull down just 29.48 total rpg (ranked 334th) and average 7.3 spg (ranked 61st).
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The Eastern Washington Eagles (24-8) used a big second half to defeat the Idaho Vandals 91-83 on Thursday afternoon. Eastern Washington finished the season with a 14-4 conference record and earned the 2 seed for the Big Sky Tournament. Eastern Washington was able to shoot 53.4% from the field and 40.6% (13-32) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Eagles was Tyler Harvey who had a monster game with 42 points, 2 assists, and 2 steals. Eastern Washington is ranked 88th in the RPI Standings and has played the 251st ranked SOS. On the season, the Eagles have been led by Tyler Harvey (22.9 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.6 apg) and Venky Jois (17.1 ppg, 7.6 rpg, 2.2 apg). Eastern Washington averages 80.5 ppg (ranked 6th) on 47.6% shooting (ranked 26th). The Eagles average 9.8 three-pointers per game (ranked 6th) on 40.0% three-point shooting (ranked 10th). Defensively, Eastern Washington is allowing 73.3 ppg (ranked 318th) on 44.6% shooting (ranked 261st). The Eagles are allowing their opponents to shoot 38.2% from beyond the arc (ranked 331st).
The Hornets are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games vs. a team with a winning S.U. record however, just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS win. The Eagles are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 neutral site games.
Both of these teams know how the score the basketball, however, in their only match-up this season, Eastern Washington defeated Sacramento State in a low-scoring, 64-61 affair. Eastern Washington retuned all four of their double-digit scorers from last year’s team and have the leading scorer in the conference in Tyler Harvey. Sacramento State has had a great year and come into this conference with the Big Sky Player of the year in Mikh McKinney. Eastern Washington is extremely efficient on the offensive end, however, I do like the guard play that is led by Sacramento State’s Mikh McKinney. I think this is going to be tight one in the end and that I’m going to want to points. I’m taking Sacramento State and the points.