Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles vs. Central Michigan Chippewas - 11/14/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Central Michigan Chippewas (1-0) at Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (0-1)
College Basketball: Monday, November 14, 2016 at 8:30 pm (Eblen Center)
The Line: Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles +3.5 -- Over/Under: 150 See the Latest Odds
The Central Michigan Chippewas take to the road for the first time this season as they take on the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles on Monday night.
Central Michigan got their season started with a bang as they demolished NAIA opponent Indiana-Kokomo by a score of 117-53. Marcus Keene led Central Michigan with 32 points on 11 of 18 shooting including 3 of 7 from behind the arc. Keene also logged 10 boards as he was one of 4 Chippewas that recorded a double-double in the victory as Cecil Williams put up 16 points with 10 rebounds, Braylon Rayson put up 17 and 10, while Kevin McKay logged 11 points while hauling in 15 rebounds. The Chippewas held Kokomo to 28% shooting from the field, which isn’t normally difficult for a D-I program considering NAIA programs usually are unable to handle the step up in competition. The Chippewas shot 44% from the field, but the number that jumps off of the box score is the 41 makes on 50 attempts from the free throw line that Central Michigan registered in the game.
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The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles got off to a slow start as they fell to Georgia Tech on opening night by a final score of 70-55. Micaiah Henry led the charge for Tennessee Tech as he was only one of 2 Golden Eagles with double digits in the scoring column, putting up 15 points on 7 of 10 shooting to lead the way, putting up 5 boards in the process. Ja’Cardo Hawkins joined Henry with 10 points of his own to go along with 4 rebounds on the night. Crashing the boards became a problem for Tennessee Tech, as they only managed a total of 33 rebounds, although 18 were on the offensive end and no Golden Eagle recorded more than 6 boards in the game. Defensively, the Golden Eagles struggled to stop Georgia Tech, as the Yellow Jackets connected on 56% of their 50 attempts from the field.
Central Michigan is 4-1-1 ATS in their last 6 Monday games and 1-6-1 ATS in their last 8 non-conference games while the under is 4-1-1 in their last 6 overall. Tennessee Tech is 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games overall and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. the MAC while the under is 23-8 in their last 31 non-conference games.
Sure, Central Michigan may have blown Indiana-Kokomo out of the building, but Tennessee Tech is a D-I team with actual experience and will be playing their home opener. I personally think this should be a pick ‘em if not Tennessee Tech as the favorite, so I’ll take the points as a gift and move along.
Take Tennessee Tech and the points.