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Eastern Illinois vs. Tennessee Tech - 2/3/18 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (16-8) at Eastern Illinois Panthers (7-15)
Date & Time Saturday February 3, 2018, 4:15 PM (EST)
The Line
The Line: Eastern Illinois Panthers +1.5 -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
http://ovcdigitalnetwork.com/watch/?Live=6247&type=Live
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NCAA BB | Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (16-8) at Eastern Illinois Panthers (7-15)
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The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles and Eastern Illinois Panthers meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Lantz Arena.

The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles look for another win after winning six of their last eight games. The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles are averaging 73 points on 44.1 percent shooting and allowing 74.9 points on 45.6 percent shooting. Curtis Phillips Jr. is averaging 14.5 points and five rebounds while Aleksa Jugovic is averaging 14 points and 3.6 assists. Kajon Mack is the third double-digit scorer and Mason Ramsey is grabbing 4.3 rebounds. The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles are shooting 35.2 percent from beyond the arc and 67.1 percent from the free throw line. The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles are allowing 36 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.4 rebounds per game. The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles have split their last six road games.

The Eastern Illinois Panthers need a victory after losing six of their last seven games. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are averaging 65.4 points on 40.8 percent shooting and allowing 67.2 points on 43.6 percent shooting. Montell Goodwin is averaging 13.8 points and 2.7 assists while Jajuan Starks is averaging 11.1 points and 4.8 rebounds. Muusa Dama is grabbing 6.9 rebounds and Terrell Lewis is dishing 4.8 assists. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are shooting 33.1 percent from beyond the arc and 68.6 percent from the free throw line. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are allowing 37.4 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 34.8 rebounds per game. The Eastern Illinois Panthers have lost four of their last five home games.

The Golden Eagles are 2-8 ATS in their last 10 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 Saturday games. The Panthers are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 home games, 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Ohio Valley and 5-14 ATS in their last 19 games overall. The Golden Eagles are 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings in Eastern Illinois, 5-0 ATS in the last 5 meetings and the underdog is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings.

Tennessee Tech has won seven of the last nine meetings against Eastern Illinois and is in far better form currently. Eastern Illinois is being outscored by 7.2 points in its last five games, while Tennessee Tech has a positive point differential despite shooting just 39.2 percent from the field. I can't back the Eastern Illinois Panthers in their current form, especially when playing at home hasn't helped much. The Golden Eagles win this contest.

Pick:
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles -1.5

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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