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SIU-Edwardsville vs. Tennessee State - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Tennessee State Tigers (7-9) at SIU-Edwardsville Cougars (6-10)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 13, 2018 at 8:00 pm (Vadalabene Center)

The Line: SIU-Edwardsville Cougars +2.5 -- Over/Under: 135 See the Latest Odds

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The Tennessee State Tigers will travel to the Vadalabene Center to take on the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Tennessee State Tigers improved to 7-9 (2-3 OVC) on the season after defeating the Eastern Illinois Panthers, 69-65, this past Thursday night. Tennessee State did a great job forcing turnovers and sealed the victory late after the Tigers, Delano Spencer, hit two FT’s with just 4.7 seconds left in regulation. Tennessee State shot 38.1% (8-21) from beyond the arc and forced Eastern Illinois into committing 22 turnovers in the victory. Leading the way for the Tigers was Christian Mekowulu who had 10 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, and 2 steals. On the season, Tennessee State is averaging 66.1 ppg on 41.0% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 7.8 three-pointers per game on 32.8% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Tennessee State has been led by Delano Spencer (15.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.1 spg), Christian Mekowulu (11.9 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.2 spg, 1.6 bpg), Ken’Darrius Hamilton (9.4 ppg, 4.2 rpg), and Armani Chaney (6.9 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.9 spg). Defensively, Tennessee State is holding their opponents to an average of 68.7 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of -2.7 and a turnover margin of 1.4.  

SIU-Edwardsville vs. Tennessee State - 1/13/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The SIU-Edwardsville Cougars had their 2-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 6-10 (2-3 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the Belmont Bruins, 76-61, this past Thursday. SIU-Edwardsville trailed by a 41-29 margin at halftime and trailed by double-digits throughout the 2nd half in the loss. SIU-Edwardsville allowed Belmont to shot 47.2% from the field and was outrebounded by the Bruins by a 34-29 margin. Leading the way for the Cougars was Brandon Jackson who had 12 points, 2 rebounds, and an assist in just 18 minutes from off the bench. On the season, SIU-Edwardsville is averaging 70.1 ppg on 41.6% shooting from the field. The Cougars are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 35.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, SIU-Edwardsville has been led by Denzel Mahoney (19.1 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.1 apg), Ledarrius Brewer (13.3 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 1.4 apg), Daniel Simmons (11.1 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 2.1 apg), and Justin Carpenter (8.5 ppg, 4.8 rpg). Defensively, SIU-Edwardsville is allowing their opponents to average 81.8 ppg on 47.5% shooting from the field. The Cougars have a rebound margin of -4.1 and a turnover margin of -1.3.

The Tigers are 15-5-1 ATS in their last 21 road games vs. a team with a losing home record however, are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Cougars are 4-9-1 ATS in their last 14 home games vs. a team with a losing road record and 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games.

Tennessee State has won 3 of their last 3 games which includes an impressive home victory over Jacksonville State and has been led by their defensive that ranks 95th in scoring defense and 135th in defensive FG%. SIU-Edwardsville has lost 4 of their last 6 games and has difficulty on both ends of the court as the Cougars rank 276th in scoring offense and 333rd in scoring defense. Tennessee State has had some success on the road this season and as I think their defense will gave the Cougars some trouble, I’m taking Tennessee State to cover this small road spread.  

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