High Point Panthers (2-4) at Eastern Kentucky Colonels (6-2)
College Basketball: Tuesday, December 22, 2020 at 7:00 pm (McBrayer Arena)
The Line: Eastern Kentucky Colonels -6.5 -- Over/Under: 152.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The High Point Panthers and the Eastern Kentucky Colonels meet in college basketball action from McBrayer Arena on Tuesday night.
The High Point Panthers will look to build on a 71-49 win over William & Mary last time out. Lydell Elmore and John Michael Wright each had a team-high 14 points with Elmore shooting 7 of 13 with 7 rebounds, 3 assists and a pair of steals while Wright shot 6 of 10 with a team-high 4 assists and a pair of steals. Bryson Childress had 12 points with 4 threes while Ahmil Flowers added 10 points on 5 of 9 shooting with 7 rebounds, 3 assists and a pair of steals as well to finish off the scoring in double figures for High Point in the win. Caden Sanchez added 7 rebounds as well while Jaden House chipped in 6 rebounds of his own. Wright leads High Point in scoring and assists with an average of 20.7 points and 4 assists per game while Elmore is the Panthers’ top rebounder with 5.2 rebounds per game this season. As a team, High Point is averaging 75.8 points on 47% shooting from the field, 33% from 3-point range and 69.5% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 75.2 points on 45.7% shooting from the field and 33.7% from 3-point range this season.
The Eastern Kentucky Colonels will hope to add to their 6-2 start to the year after a 118-54 win over subdivision Campbellsville-Harrodsburg last time out. Brandon Knapper led the Colonels with 25 points on 10 of 17 shooting with 5 threes while Tre King came right behind in 2nd with 24 points on 12 of 18 shooting with 12 rebounds, 3 assists, a pair of steals and a pair of blocks. Jacquess Hobbs added 15 points on 6 of 7 shooting with 3 threes and a team-high 5 assists while Cheikh Faye added 13 points on 4 of 6 from 3-point range with 9 rebounds and 3 assists. Curt Lewis and Peyton Broughton each had 10 points to cap off the scoring in double figures for EKU in the win with Lewis grabbing 5 rebounds while Broughton had 3 steals. Knapper leads EKU in scoring with an average of 25 points per game while King is the Colonels’ top rebounder with 8.3 rebounds per game and Wendell Green Jr. has a team-high 4.9 assists per game this season. As a team, Eastern Kentucky is averaging 82.9 points on 43.5% shooting from the field, 27.8% from 3-point range and 73.4% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 68.9 points on 43.4% shooting from the field and 29.8% from 3-point range this season.
High Point is 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 9-3 ATS in their last 12 road games while the over is 10-1 in their last 11 games following a win. Eastern Kentucky is 19-7-1 ATS in their last 27 games overall and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 home games while the under is 6-1 in their last 7 games following a win.
This has potential to be one of the better games that you’re probably not going to see on Tuesday night because there’s so much else going on. With that said, Eastern Kentucky has fallen a bit from the team that started the year 4-0 ATS and pushed Xavier to their limits in overtime as the Colonels have gone 0-2 ATS in their last two lined games including an outright loss after being favored in both games. High Point on the other hand, has gone 3-1 ATS on the road this season including the outright win in the beatdown of William & Mary and I just think given the form of these two teams, a closer game is on the horizon so I’ll take a shot with High Point and the points in this one.