Southeast Missouri State Redhawks (3-7) at Tennessee State Tigers (2-6)
College Basketball: Saturday, January 9, 2021 at 5:00 pm (Gentry Center)
The Line: Tennessee State Tigers -3 -- Over/Under: 137 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Southeast Missouri State Redhawks and the Tennessee State Tigers meet Saturday in college basketball action from the Gentry Complex.
Southeast Missouri State is 3-7 so far this year. The Redhawks are coming off an 11-point loss to Belmont on Thursday. As for Tennessee State, they’re 2-6 this year. The Tigers beat Tennessee-Martin on Thursday for their second win. Check back all season long for free college basketball picks at Sports Chat Place.
Southeast Missouri State opened up the year at 2-1 with wins over UMKC and Lipscomb. A five-game losing streak occurred after that, with losses to Lipscomb, Evansville, TN-Martin, Indiana State and Tennessee Tech. After a win over Tennessee State the Redhawks lost to Belmont.
In the Thursday loss to the Bruins 77-66, Southeast Missouri State’s top scorer was Nana Akenten with 20 points, 11 rebounds and two assists in a double-double. The only other Redhawks player to finish in double-figures was Jordan Love with 12 points, six assists and four rebounds.
Over on the Tennessee State side, they started out at 0-3 with losses to IUPUI and Belmont. The Tigers took out Crowley’s Ridge, and afterward lost to Chattanooga, Austin Peay and Southeast Missouri State. Tennessee State took out TN-Martin 74-62 on Thursday.
In the win over the Skyhawks, Tennessee State’s top scorer was Marcus Fitzgerald with 21 points, three assists and one rebound. Mark Freeman was the only other Tigers player in double-digits with 16 points, five assists and four rebounds in 38 minutes of action.
The Tigers are 6-2 ATS in the last eight home games and 2-6 ATS in their last eight games overall. Tennessee State is 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 Saturday games and the under is 7-1 in their last eight Saturday games.
Meanwhile, the Redhawks are 5-1 ATS in their last six road games and 6-2 ATS in their last eight games overall. SEMO is 7-18-1 ATS in their last 26 after an ATS win and the under is 4-0 in their last four road games.
PICK: I’m sticking with Southeast Missouri State. The last time these teams played was on January 2, and it was a battle. It took two overtimes before the Redhawks ended up posting an 83-79 victory. Southeast Missouri State got a nice effort out of their starters in that one, with four of them finishing in double-digits for points. This game should be another nail-biter, and I think the Redhawks can scratch out a cover.