Evansville Purple Aces vs. Morehead State Eagles - 11/19/16 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Morehead State Eagles (2-1) at Evansville Purple Aces (1-1)
College Basketball: Saturday, November 19, 2016 at 1:00 pm (Ford Center)
The Line: Evansville Purple Aces -3 -- Over/Under: 145 See the Latest Odds
The Morehead State Eagles head to the Ford Center to take on the Evansville Aces on Saturday afternoon.
The Morehead State Eagles fell to 2-1 following an 85-77 defeat at the hands of the Marshall Thundering Herd. Xavier Moon led the Eagles with 19 points on 8 of 16 from the floor, while making 3 of his 9 3-point attempts on the night. Moon was one of 3 Eagles in double figures scoring when all was said and done, as Miguel Dicent and Malik Maitland each put up 10 points. Dicent logged his 10 on 4 of 9 from the floor, including 2 of 5 from downtown while Maitland made just 5 of his 17 field goal attempts while missing all 4 of his attempts from beyond the arc. Treshaad Williams just barely missed out on a double-double, following a 9-point, 9 rebound performance in 23 minutes in the loss. As a team, Morehead State is scoring 90.7 points per game while shooting 50.7% from the floor, including 34.4% from downtown with just 64.9% from the foul line.
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The Evansville Aces followed up their beatdown at the hands of Louisville quite nicely, with an 82-59 victory over Alcorn State. Ryan Taylor and Jaylon Brown made up for almost half of the Aces’ scoring on the night, with Taylor logging 21 points on 5 of 7 from the floor, including 4 of 6 from deep and 7 of 8 from the foul line while Brown potted 8 of 13 on the night, including 2 of 6 from 3-point land for 19 points of his own. Christian Benzon was the only other Evansville player to hit double digits in the scoring column as he made 4 of his 5 field goal attempts to go along with a pair of makes at the free throw line for 10 points. As a team, Evansville is near the bottom of the country with 64.5 points per game, sitting them at 311th out of 347 teams. The Aces are shooting 41% from the floor, 33.3% from downtown and just 66% from the foul line.
Morehead State is 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 non-conference games and 0-3-1 ATS in their last 4 overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 vs. the MVC. Evansville is 7-15-1 ATS in their last 23 home games and 1-5 ATS in their last 6 games overall while the over is 16-5 in their last 21 games vs. the OVC.
Morehead State had a cakewalk in their first 2 games and then when they had legitimate competition, they ended up on the losing side of the scoreboard. Evansville is no world beater, but unlike Marshall, they can actually play defense and have been battle tested against an extremely good Louisville team this year.
It’s a lean, but I’ll lay the points with Evansville.