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Tennessee State vs. Morehead State - 2/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Morehead State Eagles (6-19) at Tennessee State Tigers (14-11)

College Basketball: Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 8:30 pm (Gentry Complex)

The Line: Tennessee State Tigers -10.5 -- Over/Under: 129 See the Latest Odds

TV: http://ovcdigitalnetwork.com/watch/?Live=6288&type=Live

The Morehead State Eagles will travel to the Gentry Center to take on the Tennessee State Tigers this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Morehead State Eagles lost their 6th straight game and dropped to 6-19 (2-12 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, 75-73, this past Saturday. In a tight back and forth game down the stretch, Morehead State had a chance to force overtime however, came up short after A.J. Hicks missed the 2nd of two FT’s which sealed the game for the Colonels. Morehead State shot 46.0% from the field and 50.0% (8-16) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Eagles was Jordan Walker who had 16 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals. On the season, Morehead State is averaging 70.6 ppg on 43.3% shooting from the field. The Eagles are averaging 7.0 three-pointers per game on 32.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Morehead State has been led by Jordan Walker (11.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.2 spg), Lamontray Harris (11.0 ppg, 6.0 rpg), Djimon Henson (10.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg), and A.J. Hicks (10.4 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 4.0 apg, 1.5 spg). Defensively, Morehead State is allowing their opponents to average 75.8 ppg on 46.4% shooting from the field. The Eagles have a rebound margin of 3.2 and a turnover margin of -2.6.

Tennessee State vs. Morehead State - 2/15/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Tennessee State Tigers won their 6th consecutive game and improved to 14-11 (9-5 OVC) on the season after defeating the Jacksonville State Gamecocks, 65-47, this past Saturday. Tennessee State gave the Jacksonville State offense no breathing room throughout the game and pulled away in the 2nd half after a 10-1 Tigers run gave Tennessee State a 57-39 lead with 7:07 left in regulation. Tennessee State held Jacksonville State to just 34.0% shooting from the field and 28.6% (6-21) from beyond the arc in the victory. Leading the way for the Tigers was Ken’Darrius Hamilton who had 15 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, and 2 steals. On the season, Tennessee State is averaging 66.4 ppg on 42.7% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 33.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Tennessee State has been led by Delano Spencer (14.7 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.2 spg), Christian Mekowulu (13.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 1.0 spg, 1.6 bpg), Ken’Darrius Hamilton (8.9 ppg, 4.2 rpg), and Kamar McKnight (8.5 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.7 apg). Defensively, Tennessee State is holding their opponents to an average of 65.5 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 33.6% shooting from beyond the arc.

The Eagles are 7-1 ATS in their last 8 road games and 7-3 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Tigers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win and 6-0 ATS in their last 6 Thursday games.

Morehead State has lost 13 of their last 15 games and has struggled on both ends of the ball as the Eagles rank just T-259thin scoring offense, 248th in FG%, 269th in scoring defense, and 295th in defensive FG%. Tennessee State is one of the hottest teams in the OVC at the moment and has been led by their defense that ranks 28th in scoring defense and 72nd in defensive FG%. It’s tough to trust the Tennessee State offense, which ranks just 320th in scoring offense, to score enough to cover a double-digit spread, however, between the fact that I think the Tigers defense will hold Morehead State to about 50 points and that I was encouraged about the Tigers recent 65-point performance against a great Jacksonville State defense on the road, I’m going to take Tennessee State to cover this spread.  

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