Texas Tech Red Raiders vs. Eastern Kentucky Colonels - 11/19/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Eastern Kentucky Colonels (1-2) at Texas Tech Red Raiders (2-0)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 1:00 pm (United Supermarkets Arena)
The Line: Texas Tech Red Raiders -20 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Coming up on Saturday in college basketball action from United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, the Eastern Kentucky Colonels will be facing off against the Texas Tech Red Raiders.
Eastern Kentucky enters play here with a 1-2 record. The Colonels won their opener 97-87 against IUPUI, but followed that up with losses against UNCW 78-69 and Auburn 85-64. In the Auburn game, Eastern Kentucky gave up a double-double to Mustapha Heron (the first double-double of his career) with 24 points and 10 rebounds, which helped key the loss.
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So far this season, Nick Mayo is the top scorer for Eastern Kentucky, averaging 21.3 PPG with 6.3 RPG. Asante Gist and Jaylen Babb-Harrison are also averaging in double figures for the Colonels, with Gist posting 13.0 PPG with 4.0 RPG and 3.7 RPG and Babb-Harrison logging 11.0 PPG with 2.7 RPG.
Over on the Texas Tech side, they’re coming into Saturday’s game with a 2-0 record. The Red Raiders bagged an opening win 93-67 against Houston Baptist last Friday, and took care of North Texas 70-43 on Tuesday. During the North Texas game, points off turnovers were the big stat, with the Red Raiders holding a 24-2 advantage there.
On the year thus far for Texas Tech, Keenan Evans is the top scorer with a 16.0 PPG average alongside 3.0 RPG and 3.0 APG. Aaron Ross and Anthony Livingston are right behind; Ross has 13.0 PPG with 5.5 RPG and Livingston has 12.5 PPG with 6.0 RPG so far.
Eastern Kentucky is 4-0 ATS in their last four versus the Big 12, and 5-1 ATS in their last six games following a straight-up loss of more than 20 points. Eastern Kentucky is also 4-12 ATS in their last 16 games overall, and 1-5 ATS in their last six Saturday games.
As for Texas Tech, they’re 4-0 ATS in their last four Saturday games, and 7-2 ATS in their last nine non-conference games. Texas Tech is also 13-4 ATS in their last 17 games following a straight-up win, and 1-4 ATS in their last five home games versus a team with a losing road record.
Texas Tech has some offensive issues in the early-going this year, and they looked pretty tepid early on in the North Texas game. The Red Raiders need some additional scorers to step up and help out Evans, and it remains to be seen if that’s a realistic goal. Still, Texas Tech is the far better team here, and they shouldn’t have much trouble with Eastern Kentucky. I’ll take the Red Raiders to cover.