Austin Peay vs. Tennessee Tech - 2/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (16-11) at Austin Peay Governors (15-11)
College Basketball: Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 8:30 pm (Winfield Dunn Center)
The Line: Austin Peay Governors -5.5 -- Over/Under: 147.5 See the Latest Odds
We have some Ohio Valley college basketball action on tap Thursday night, as the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles take on the Austin Peay Governors.
The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles will try to bounce back after suffering their 3rd straight loss, including a 75-70 loss to Belmont in their last outing. Curtis Phillips Jr. led Tennessee Tech with 17 points on 6 of 15 shooting with a pair of threes and 6 rebounds, while Kajon Mack came 2nd with 14 points, 6 rebounds and a pair of blocks. Shaq Calhoun added 13 points with 4 steals and a team-high 3 assists while Joan Duran added 11 points in 13 minutes to round out the trio of double digit scorers for Tennessee Tech in the loss. Phillips Jr. leads the Golden Eagles in scoring with 14.4 points per game while Mack leads Tennessee Tech in assists with 3.8 assists per game and Courtney Alexander II is the Golden Eagles’ top rebounder with 8.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, Tennessee Tech is scoring 74.3 points per game on 44.3% shooting from the field, 35.2% from behind the arc and 67.2% from the foul line this season.
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The Austin Peay Governors will be looking to keep the ball rolling after winning 5 of their last 6 games, including a 76-69 win over Eastern Illinois in their last outing. Dayton Gumm led Austin Peay with 15 points on 5 of 12 shooting with 4 threes, while Terry Taylor added 14 points with a team-high 8 rebounds and a pair of blocks and Averyl Ugba added 13 points. Chris Porter-Button and Steve Harris each added 10 points to round out the scoring in double figures for the Governors in the win, while Tre’ Ivory added 4 points and a team-high 7 assists in the winning effort. Taylor leads the Governors with an average of 15.6 points and 8.3 rebounds per game while Ivory leads Austin Peay in assists with 4 helpers per game this season. As a team, Austin Peay is scoring 73.4 points per game on 45.5% shooting from the field, 33.5% from behind the arc and 65.1% from the foul line this season.
Tennessee Tech is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record and 0-4 ATS in their last 4 road games while the under is 7-2 in their last 9 conference matchups. Austin Peay is 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following a win and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 games overall. Tennessee Tech is 11-2 ATS in the last 13 meetings between these two teams and 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings at Austin Peay.
I think the stats between these two teams would bring them closer than one would think, as the Golden Eagles match up pretty well against the Governors. Austin Peay comes into this one in better form, but it’s against teams they should beat, all of whom are in the bottom half of the OVC standings. Tennessee Tech has lost 3 straight but they did hang around with Belmont and have had the majority of the success ATS against the Governors, so I’ll take a shot with Tennessee Tech and the points here.