East Tennessee State vs. Louisiana Tech - 3/28/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (23-9) at East Tennessee State Buccaneers (23-11)
College Basketball: Monday, March 28, 2016 at 11:30 pm (Mandalay Bay Event Center)
The Line: East Tennessee State Buccaneers +1.5 -- Over/Under: 154.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS Sports Network
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs and East Tennessee State Buccaneers will face off at the Mandalay Bay Event Center in the first round of the Vegas 16 Tournament.
The Louisiana Tech Bulldogs finished the season with an impressive 23-7 record to earn the 4-seed in the C-USA Conference Tournament but couldn’t do much damage in the Tournament after losing to the 5-seed Old Dominion Monarchs, 68-52. Louisiana Tech had some quality wins agianst UT-Arlington and Florida Gulf Cost however, ended the season with just a 3-3 record over their last 6 games. On the season, Louisiana Tech has been led by Alex Hamilton (19.7 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 6.2 apg, 2.0 spg), Erik McCree (16.5 ppg, 7.4 rpg, 1.2 apg), and Dayon Griffin (10.7 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 1.7 apg). Offensively, Louisiana Tech is averaging 79.4 ppg on 46.0% shooting from the field and 33.1% shooting from three-point range. The Bulldogs average 7.1 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 1.13. Defensively, Louisiana Tech is allowing their opponents to average 72.1 ppg on 42.8% shooting. The Bulldogs average 7.4 steals per game and have a turnover margin of 2.1.
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The East Tennessee State Buccaneers couldn’t defeat the Chattanooga Mocs in the finals of the Southern Conference Men’s Championship but still finished the season with a respectable 14-4 conference record and a 23-11 overall record. East Tennessee State had quality wins against Green Bay and Georgia Tech and finished the season strong winning seven straight games before their loss to Chattanooga in the conference finals. On the season, the Buccaneers have been led by Ge’Lawn Guyn (18.2 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.7 apg, 1.0 spg), T.J. Cromer (15.0 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.1 apg, 1.0 spg), and Deuce Bello (9.4 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.1 apg, 1.1 spg). Offensively, East Tennessee State is averaging 77.8 ppg on 46.2% shooting from the field and 37.7% shooting from beyond the arc. The Buccaneers average 8.0 three-pointers per game and have an assist/turnover ratio of 0.97. Defensively, East Tennessee State is allowing their opponents to average 73.5 ppg on 43.4% shooting. The Buccaneers have a rebound margin of -0.2 and a turnover margin of 0.7.
This should be a high scoring game as both teams know how to put points up on the board however, East Tennessee State looked like the better team towards the end of the season and as long as they can limit their turnovers, I think the Buccaneers will be able to get the win in this one. I’m taking East Tennessee State and the points.