Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars (11-20) vs. Tennessee State Tigers (13-17)
March 2, 2022 7:30 pm EDT
The Line: Tennessee State Tigers -3 / Southern Illinois-Edwardsville Cougars +3; Over/Under: -141.5
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The SIU Edwardsville Cougars and Tennessee State Tigers meet Wednesday in the college basketball OVC Tournament at the Ford Center. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars look for a win after splitting their last eight games. The Tennessee State Tigers look for a win after splitting their last 10 games.
The SIU Edwardsville Cougars are averaging 67.7 points on 42.2 percent shooting and allowing 69.7 points on 41.2 percent shooting. Ray’Sean Taylor is averaging 17.6 points and 5 rebounds, while Shaun Doss Jr. is averaging 11.9 points and 6.3 rebounds. DeeJuan Pruitt is the third double-digit scorer and Shamar Wright is dishing 1.9 assists. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars are shooting 29.3 percent from beyond the arc and 68.4 percent from the free throw line. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars are allowing 31.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 33.9 rebounds per game.
The Tennessee State Tigers are averaging 71.7 points on 44.9 percent shooting and allowing 70.2 points on 43.9 percent shooting. Carlos Marshall Jr. is averaging 12.9 points and 3.4 rebounds, while Marcus Fitzgerald Jr. is averaging 11.7 points and 2.2 rebounds. Kassim Nicholson is the third double-digit scorer and Dedric Boyd is dishing 0.8 assists. The Tennessee State Tigers are shooting 35.7 percent from beyond the arc and 72 percent from the free throw line. The Tennessee State Tigers are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.6 rebounds per game.
The Cougars are 9-20 ATS in their last 29 Wednesday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss and 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The under is 7-3 in Cougars last 10 overall. The over is 4-1 in Tigers last 5 Wednesday games. The underdog is 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings.
The Tennessee State Tigers have won both meetings this season, and they’re playing some of their best ball right now, winning their last five games by an average of 8.8 points. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars lose as an underdog by an average of 8.3 points. Not easy to beat the same team three times in a season, but Tennessee State is the safer bet here.