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East Tennessee State vs. Chattanooga - 2/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chattanooga Moccasins (8-16) at East Tennessee State Buccaneers (20-4)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 4:00 pm (Freedom Hall Civic Center)

The Line: East Tennessee State Buccaneers -17.5 -- Over/Under: 135 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN 3

The Chattanooga Mocs will travel to Freedom Hall Civic Center to take on the East Tennessee State Buccaneers this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Chattanooga Mocs dropped to 8-16 (2-9 Southern) on the season after being defeated by the Western Carolina Catamounts, 70-68, this past Thursday. In a tight, back and forth game in which neither team ever held more than a 5-point lead, Chattanooga couldn’t get the much need win after the Mocs, David Jean-Baptise couldn’t hit a game-typing attempt at the end of regulation. Chattanooga shot 47.9% from the field and 47.8% (11-23) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Mocs was Nat Dixon who had 21 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 steals. On the season, Chattanooga is averaging 70.2 ppg on 43.8% shooting from the field. The Mocs are averaging 8.8 three-pointers per game on 36.1% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Chattanooga has been led by Nat Dixon (15.2 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.0 spg), Makinde London (13.8 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 2.0 apg), Rodney Chatman (12.4 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.0 spg), and Makale Foreman (9.4 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 2.1 apg). Defensively, Chattanooga is allowing their opponents to average 72.2 ppg on 47.1% shooting from the field. The Mocs have a rebound margin of -1.5 and a turnover margin of -0.4.

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East Tennessee State vs. Chattanooga - 2/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The East Tennessee State Buccaneers won their 14th straight game and improved to 20-4 (11-0 Southern) on the season after defeated the Samford Bulldogs, 96-76, this past Thursday. East Tennessee State Buccaneers had no problems putting up points against the struggling Samford defense and easily pulled away after taking an 80-56 lead with 7:41 left in regulation. East Tennessee State Buccaneers shot 57.6% from the field and 45.2% (14-31) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Buccaneers was Desonta Bradford who had 31 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 block, and 3 steals. On the season, East Tennessee State is averaging 77.5 ppg on 47.9% shooting from the field. The Buccaneers are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 34.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, East Tennessee State has been led by Desonta Bradford (15.2 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 3.5 apg, 1.7 spg), Jalan McCloud (12.0 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.6 apg, 1.3 spg), Devontavius Payne (9.7 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.0 spg), and Bo Hodges (9.2 ppg, 3.6 rpg). Defensively, East Tennessee State is holding their opponents to an average of 65.8 ppg on 39.9% shooting from the field. The Buccaneers have a rebound margin of 3.5 and a turnover margin of 2.0.

The Mocs are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall. The Buccaneers are 13-3-1 ATS in their last 17 games overall and 10-3-1 ATS in their last 14 games vs. Southern opponents.

Chattanooga has won 2 of their last 4 games and although their offense ranks just 268th in scoring offense, the Mocs do have the ability to put up some points at times as they rank 84th in three-pointers made per game and 121st in 3P-FG%. East Tennessee State is the favorite to win the Southern Conference this season and has been led by their defense that ranks t-33rd in scoring defense and 20th in defensive FG%. East Tennessee State is an outstanding team, however, the Mocs have been great ATS as late and I think at worst that the Mocs will be able to get a backdoor cover in this one. Take Chattanooga and the points in this one.  

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