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East Tennessee State Buccaneers vs. Eastern Kentucky Colonels - 12/18/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Eastern Kentucky Colonels (8-4) at East Tennessee State Buccaneers (4-5)

College Basketball: Friday, December 18, 2015 at 7:00 pm (Freedom Hall Civic Center)

The Line: East Tennessee State Buccaneers -2 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Eastern Kentucky Colonels will travel to play the East Tennessee State Buccaneers in a non-conference game on Friday.

The East Tennessee State Buccaneers are 4-5 and are coming off of a loss to UNC Asheville by a score of 84-64. East Tennessee State trailed by 22 points at halftime and got blown out in this game. T.J. Cromer had 13 points for ETSU. Isaac Banks added 9 points and 7 rebounds for the Buccaneers. East Tennessee State was out rebounded by a total of 43-27 and had 10 assists in their defeat. East Tennessee State is averaging 78 points per game while giving up 74.2 points per game. ETSU is also averaging 36 rebounds per game and 12.1 assists per game. Ge’Lawn Guyn is averaging 17 points per game and 3.8 rebounds per game, while T.J. Cromer is averaging 14 points per game and 3.1 rebounds per game for ETSU. East Tennessee State is shooting 72.8% on free throws, 33% on three-pointers, and 45% on all field goal attempts.

East Tennessee State Buccaneers vs. Eastern Kentucky Colonels - 12/18/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Eastern Kentucky Colonels are 8-4 and are coming off of a win against Florida Atlantic by a score of 80-73. Eastern Kentucky led by 1 point at halftime and was able to pull away in the second half for the win. Jarelle Reischel had 19 points, 7 rebounds, and 5 assists for Eastern Kentucky. Nick Mayo had 18 points and 6 rebounds for the Colonels. Eastern Kentucky was out rebounded by a total of 38-33 and had 15 assists in their victory. Eastern Kentucky is averaging 86.1 points per game while giving up 82 points per game. Eastern Kentucky is also averaging 32.3 rebounds per game and 17.3 assists per game. Jarelle Reischel is averaging 19 points per game and 8.1 rebounds per game, while JaVontae Hawkins is averaging 17.4 points per game and 4.4 rebounds per game for Eastern Kentucky. Eastern Kentucky is shooting 73.5% on free throws, 42.4% on three-pointers, and 50.1% on all field goal attempts.

Eastern Kentucky is 5-1 ATS in their last 6 non-conference games. Eastern Kentucky is 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games against the Southern. The under is 6-1 in Eastern Kentucky’s last 7 road games. ETSU is 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games against the OVC. ETSU is 2-7 ATS in their last 9 home games.

This should be a very good game with similar teams playing. Eastern Kentucky plays at a faster pace than ETSU does, so it will be critical for one of these teams to set the pace of play early on. ETSU also has a slim rebounding advantage in this game. I like how Eastern Kentucky has looked this year, so I am going to pick them.

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Eastern Kentucky Colonels +2

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