Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles vs. Tennessee State Tigers - 2/12/15 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tennessee State Tigers (5-20) at Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (11-13)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 8:00 pm (Eblen Center)
The Line: Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles -12 -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
Instate and conference rivals the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles and the Tennessee State Tigers meet at the Eblen Center.
The Tennessee State Tigers were one of the fiercest competitors in the Ohio Valley before graduation wiped this team out and their 5-20 record tells of how difficult the rebuilding process has been. The Tigers have generally struggled at both ends of the floor but it was the defense that let the team in a 77-72 loss at Eastern Kentucky on Saturday as an 18 point underdog. The Colonels took a 12 point lead at the half and simply held off the Tigers the rest of the way. The numbers were about even with EKY holding a slight 50%-49% shooting edge with a 21-13 advantage at the stripe being the difference. Marcus Roper carried the offense with a game high 32 points on 11-20 from the field followed by Xavier Richards with 16 points. Jay Harris added ten points and eight assists while the rest of the team combined for 12 points.
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The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles outscore the opposition 70-68 so their MO is put up as many points as possible and hope the defense can make a few stops. The Golden Eagles picked up their third win in ten contests with a complete performance in a 72-59 victory over Jacksonville State with a 16 point lead at the half standing up. The Gamecocks never found the shooting touch at 36% from the floor while Tennessee Tech connected at 39% and totaled 12 more shots thanks in part to 18 offensive rebounds which turrned out to be the difference. Charles Jackson gave the team 17 points and 16 rebounds on 6-9 from the floor followed by 12 point, six pull effort from DeOndre Haynes. Dwan Caldwell and Torrance Rowe combined for 21 points while Josiah Moore chipped in with eight points.
The Tigers are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 games following a S.U. loss and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games. Tennessee State are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and 8-0 ATS in their last 8 games overall. The Golden Eagles are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 games vs. a team with a losing S.U. record and are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games while going 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games following a ATS win. Tennessee State is obviously not very good but they don't have to be great with the points...