Tennessee Tech vs. Eastern Kentucky - 2/27/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Eastern Kentucky Colonels (15-15) at Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (18-10)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 8:30 pm (Eblen Center)
The Line: Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles -5.5 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Eastern Kentucky Colonels will travel to the Hooper Eblen Center to take on the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Eastern Kentucky Colonels snapped their three game losing streak and improved to 15-15 (6-9 OVC) on the season after defeating the Jacksonville State Gamecocks, 76-54, this past Thursday. Eastern Kentucky was able to get out to a 32-25 halftime lead and used an 8-2 run midway through the 2nd half to take control of the game and get the win. Eastern Kentucky shot 50.9% from the field and 50.0% (8-16) from beyond the arc. The Colonels held the Gamecocks to 27.3% shooting from the field and outrebounded Jacksonville State by a 48.27 margin. Leading the way for Eastern Kentucky was JaVontae Hawkins who had 14 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and a block. On the season, the Colonels have been led by Jarelle Reischel (18.1 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 3.2 apg, 1.7 spg), JaVontae Hawkins (17.1 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 2.1 apg), and Nick Mayo (14.5 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.1 bpg). Offensively, Eastern Kentucky is averaging 80.5 ppg on 49.3% shooting from the field and 39.5% shooting from beyond the arc. The Colonels have a FT% of 73.7% which ranks 43rd in the country. Defensively, Eastern Kentucky is allowing their opponents to average 78.7 ppg on 46.0% shooting from the field and 37.3% from three-point range.
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The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles lost their 2nd straight game and dropped to 18-10 (10-5 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the Morehead State Eagles, 69-59, this past Thursday. Tennessee Tech was down by a 37-31 margin and couldn’t come back after falling down by a 48-34 margin with just under 15 minutes to play. Tennessee Tech shot just 34.7% from the field and lost the turnover battle by a 14-8 margin. The Golden Eagles allowed the Eagles to shoot 43.8% from the field and was outrebounded by Morehead State by a 41-38 margin. Leading the way for Tennessee Tech was Ryan Martin who had a double-double with 12 points, 14 rebounds, and a block. On the season, the Golden Eagles have been led by Torrance Rowe (17.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 4.4 apg), Ryan Martin (14.2 ppg, 8.1 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Aleksa Jugovic (12.0 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.9 apg). Offensively, Tennessee Tech is averaging 78.3 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field and 37.0% shooting from beyond the arc. The Golden Eagles average 8.6 three-pointers per game and have a turnover margin of -1.0. Defensively, Tennessee Tech is allowing their opponents to average 74.7 ppg on 43.7% shooting.
The Colonels are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600 however, just 3-9 ATS in their last 12 games overall. The Golden Eagles are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a double-digit loss at home and 6-2 ATS in their last 8 games following a straight up loss.
Both Eastern Kentucky and Tennessee Tech are two of the higher scoring teams in the Ohio Valley Conference and in their earlier matchup this season, Tennessee Tech was able to get a 89-83 win on the road. Eastern Kentucky has lost 6 of their last 9 games and the offense has struggled for their standards as of late as the Colonels have averaged just 74.0 ppg in their last five games. Tennessee Tech has lost 3 of their last 4 games and also have struggled as of late on the offensive end as they’ve averaged 67.5 ppg in their last 4 games. Tennessee Tech has a 13-1 home record and have averaged 82.0 ppg at home this season and as I just don’t see Eastern Kentucky being able to keep up with the Golden Eagles offensively in this one, I’m taking Tennessee Tech to cover this home spread. Take Tennessee Tech to cover.