Austin Peay vs Eastern Kentucky College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/2/21

Austin Peay vs Eastern Kentucky College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions 1/2/21 Photo by Matt Stamey-USA TODAY Sports

Eastern Kentucky Colonels (8-2) at Austin Peay Governors (6-3)

College Basketball: Saturday, January 2, 2021 at 5:00 pm (Winfield Dunn Center)

The Line: Austin Peay Governors -4.5 -- Over/Under: 151.5 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds

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The Eastern Kentucky Colonels and the Austin Peay Governors meet in OVC college basketball action from the Winfield Dunn Center on Saturday.

The Eastern Kentucky Colonels will look to add to their 8-2 start to the year after a 69-61 win over Eastern Illinois last time out. Brandon Knapper leads Eastern Kentucky in scoring with 23 PPG, shooting 41.7% from the field and 34.8% from behind the arc while Tre King is 2nd on the team with 16.5 PPG while leading the Colonels in rebounding with 8 boards per game as well as 2.6 steals per game this season. Jomaru Brown has 11.8 PPG along with 2.3 assists and 2.3 steals per game this season while Wendell Green Jr. has 10.1 PPG while also leading the Colonels in assists with 5 APG and 2.2 steals per game this season. As a team, Eastern Kentucky is averaging 81.8 PPG on 43.7% shooting from the field, 28.1% from 3-point range and 70.7% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 67.9 PPG on 42.1% shooting from the field and 30.4% from 3-point range this season.

The Austin Peay Governors will be looking to add to their 6-3 mark after a 68-59 win over Tennessee State in their last game. Terry Taylor leads Austin Peay in scoring and rebounding, averaging a double-duble per game with team-highs of 19.9 PPG and 11.1 RPG while Reginald Gee has 11.3 PPG, shooting 45.1% from the field and 42.9% from 3-point range as the only other double-digit scorer for Austin Peay heading into this game. Jordyn Adams has 9.2 PPG and Mike Peake has 9 PPG and 4.7 RPG this season. As a team, Austin Peay is averaging 73.8 PPG on 45.8% shooting from the field, 31.8% from 3-point range and 69.3% from the foul line while allowing opposing teams to average 67.8 PPG on 46.7% shooting from the field and 31.5% from 3-point range this season.

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Eastern Kentucky is 8-1 ATS in their last 9 games as a road underdog and 15-6-1 ATS in their last 22 games overall while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a win. Austin Peay is 4-13-1 ATS in their last 18 games overall and 1-7 ATS in their last 8 games following a win while the under is 10-4 in their last 14 games as a favorite. The underdog is 6-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings between these two teams.

Austin Peay is starting to turn things around against the number, but I’m still having a hard time of letting go of those memories like outright losses to Florida A&M and a 30-point loss to Murray State. Eastern Kentucky’s been money for most of the season against the number and they’re not only covering games but they’re winning them outright as well when they’re a dog. I’ll my chances with Eastern Kentucky and the points in this one.

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Chris’s Pick Eastern Kentucky +4.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.

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