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Austin Peay vs. Tennessee State - 1/24/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tennessee State at Austin Peay
Date & Time Thursday January 24, 2019, 7:30 PM (EST)
Location
Winfield Dunn Center
Clarksville, TN
The Line
Austin Peay Governors -14 -- Over/Under: 147.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Tennessee State Tigers will travel to the Winfield Dunn Center to take on the Austin Peay Governors this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Tennessee State Tigers dropped to 5-13 (2-4 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the Belmont Bruins, 92-74, this past Saturday night. Tennessee State has no answers on the defensive end for the high-scoring Bruins and couldn’t fight back after the Tigers entered halftime trailing by a 43-31 margin. Tennessee State allowed Belmont to shoot 63.5% from the field and 61.9% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Tigers was Michael Littlejohn who had 19 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, and a steal.

On the season, Tennessee State is averaging 72.4 ppg on 42.1% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game on 32.6% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Tennessee State has been led by Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey (14.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 1.3 apg), Kamar McKnight (12.9 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.2 apg), Armani Haney (8.3 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.6 spg), and Thomas Davis (7.7 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.5 spg).

Defensively, Tennessee State is allowing their opponents to average 76.9 ppg on 47.4% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of 0.5 and a turnover margin of -0.6

The Austin Peay Governors has their 5-game winning streak snapped and dropped to 13-6 (5-1 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the Eastern Illinois Panthers, 85-83, this past Saturday. Austin Peay led by a 70-56 margin midway through the 2nd half, however, struggled defensively down the stretch and allowed the Panthers to secure the come from behind victory after Shareef Smith hit a game winning jumper for Eastern Illinois with just :04 seconds left in regulation. Austin Peay shot 56.5% from beyond the arc, however, allowed Eastern Illinois to shoot 54.5% from the field & 62.5% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Governors was Chris Porter-Bunton who had 24 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, and 3 steals.

On the season, Austin Peay is averaging 82.2 ppg on 48.3% shooting from the field. The Governors are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 38.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Austin Peay has been led by Terry Taylor (18.0 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.5 apg, 1.1 spg, 1.1 bpg), Chris Porter-Bunton (12.1 ppg, 5.6 rpg, 1.9 apg, 1.3 spg), Steve Harris (9.7 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 2.8 apg), and Zach Glotta (9.0 ppg, 1.7 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.3 spg).

Defensively, Austin Peay is allowing their opponents to average 70.7 ppg on 42.9% shooting from the field. The Governors have a rebound margin of 2.9 and a turnover margin of 3.3.

The Tigers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a straight up loss and 8-2-1 ATS in their last 11 Thursday games. The Governors are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400 and 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games overall.

Tennessee State has lost 8 of their last 10 games and have struggled on both ends of the court as they come into this game ranking T-211th in scoring offense, 293rd in scoring defense, and 330th in defensive FG%.  Austin Peay has won 11 of their last 13 games and has been outstanding on the offensive end as they rank 32nd in scoring offense, 35th in FG%, and 34th in 3P-FG%.

Tennessee State is just 2-8 on the road this season and as I just don’t see how the Tigers are going to slow down a very solid Austin Peay offense, I think the Governors remain perfect at home this season and do enough to cover this large spread.

Pick:
Austin Peay Governors -14

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