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Eastern Illinois vs. Tennessee Tech - 3/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tennessee Tech at Eastern Illinois
Date & Time Saturday March 2, 2019, 4:15 PM (EST)
Location
Lantz Arena
Charleston, Illinois
The Line
The Line: Eastern Illinois -6.5 -- Over/Under: 137
TV Channel
ESPN+
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NCAA BB | Tennessee Tech at Eastern Illinois
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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 could use a win here to snap a nine-game losing streak. The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles are averaging 68 points on 41.5 percent shooting and allowing 76.4 points on 44.4 percent shooting. Jr. Clay is averaging 14.4 points and 4.3 assists while Hunter Vick is averaging 11.1 points and 3.6 rebounds. Micaiah Henry is grabbing 4.6 rebounds and Malik Martin is dishing 1.5 assists. The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles are shooting 34.2 percent from beyond the arc and 62.9 percent from the free throw line. The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles are allowing 34.2 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.4 rebounds per game. The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles have lost five of their last six road games.

The Eastern Illinois Panthers also need a win after losing seven of their last eight games. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are averaging 72.4 points on 43.4 percent shooting and allowing 77.2 points on 45.2 percent shooting. Josiah Wallace is averaging 15 points and three assists while Mack Smith is averaging 12.7 points and 4.3 rebounds. Ben Harvey is the third double-digit scorer and Shareef Smith is dishing 3.9 assists. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are shooting 38 percent from beyond the arc and 69 percent from the free throw line. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are allowing 38.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.7 rebounds per game. The Eastern Illinois Panthers have lost four of their last six home games.

The Golden Eagles are 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games following a ATS loss, 1-4-2 ATS in their last 7 vs. Ohio Valley and 1-4-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Panthers are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games following a straight up loss and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 Saturday games. The Golden Eagles are 5-1 ATS in the last 6 meetings in Eastern Illinois and 5-2 ATS in the last 7 meetings. The over is 6-2 in Panthers last 8 overall. The under is 12-5 in Golden Eagles last 17 overall.

Eastern Illinois already won the first meting by seven points on the road, and despite the recent slump in terms of losing games SU, they're still a profitable 17-11-1 ATS on the season. The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles have lost nine straight games and are losing on the road this season by an average of 17.7 points while shooting just 39.1 percent from the field. If there's one game that can get the Eastern Illinois Panthers out of their funk, it's this one. I'll eat the chalk, as backing Tennessee Tech isn't an option.

Pick:
Eastern Illinois -6.5

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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