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East Tennessee State vs. Norfolk State - 12/22/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Norfolk State Spartans (5-8) vs. East Tennessee State Buccaneers (9-4)
Date & Time Saturday December 22, 2018, 9:30 PM (EST)
Location
The Line
The Line: East Tennessee State Buccaneers -10.5 -- Over/Under: 133.5
TV Channel
CUSA TV
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The Norfolk State Spartans and East Tennessee State Buccaneers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Don Haskins Center.

The Norfolk State Spartans look for another victory after losing six of their last nine games. The Norfolk State Spartans are averaging 72.2 points on 42.9 percent shooting and allowing 69.2 points on 40.9 percent shooting. Nic Thomas is averaging 14.9 points and 1.5 assists while Alex Long is averaging 9.5 points and 4.3 rebounds. Steven Whitley is dishing 2.9 assists and Jordan Butler is grabbing 5.4 rebounds. The Norfolk State Spartans are shooting 33.5 percent from beyond the arc and 70.1 percent from the free throw line. The Norfolk State Spartans are allowing 32.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.8 rebounds per game. The Norfolk State Spartans have lost five of their last six non-home games.

The East Tennessee State Buccaneers look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The East Tennessee State Buccaneers are averaging 77.9 points on 46.8 percent shooting and allowing 64.8 points on 40.3 percent shooting. Tray Boyd III is averaging 12 points and 2.1 rebounds while Patrick Good is averaging 11.4 points and 1.8 assists. Jeromy Rodriguez is the third double-digit scorer and Isaiah Tisdale is grabbing 3.2 rebounds. The East Tennessee State Buccaneers are shooting 34.8 percent from beyond the arc and 65.8 percent from the free throw line. The East Tennessee State Buccaneers are allowing 31.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 43.2 rebounds per game. The East Tennessee State Buccaneers have split their last six non-home games.

The Spartans are 1-7 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 neutral site games and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Buccaneers are 23-5-1 ATS in their last 29 Saturday games, 5-2-1 ATS in their last 8 neutral site games and 26-10-2 ATS in their last 38 games overall. The under is 4-1 in Buccaneers last 5 overall. The under is 5-1 in Spartans last 6 neutral site games.  

The Norfolk State Spartans haven't exactly had the toughest schedule in the world and you wonder how long this success will last given the subpar shooting percentages. The East Tennessee State Buccaneers have shown great balance up to this point and have been one of the top covering teams in college basketball dating back to last season. You're sitting on a pile of cash if you just blindly back the East Tennessee State Buccaneers. Sometimes it's good to ride teams like that until the tickets stop cashing.

Pick:
East Tennessee State Buccaneers -10.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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