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SIU Edwardsville vs. Eastern Kentucky - 2/2/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Eastern Kentucky at SIU Edwardsville
Date & Time Saturday February 2, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)
Location
Vadalabene Center
Edwardsville, Illinois
The Line
The Line: SIU Edwardsville +2 -- Over/Under: 167.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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NCAA BB | Eastern Kentucky at SIU Edwardsville
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The Eastern Kentucky Colonels and SIU Edwardsville Cougars meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Vadalabene Center.

The Eastern Kentucky Colonels could use a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Eastern Kentucky Colonels are averaging 85 points on 43.2 percent shooting and allowing 83.3 points on 47.1 percent shooting. Nick Mayo is averaging 23 points and 8.2 rebounds while Jomaru Brown is averaging 12.7 points and 1.7 assists. Dujuanta Weaver is the third double-digit scorer and Kelvin Robinson is grabbing four rebounds. The Eastern Kentucky Colonels are shooting 33.3 percent from beyond the arc and 69.1 percent from the free throw line. The Eastern Kentucky Colonels are allowing 34.9 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 38.2 rebounds per game. The Eastern Kentucky Colonels have lost seven straight road games.

The SIU Edwardsville Cougars also need a win after losing six of their last eight games. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars are averaging 74.6 points on 41.9 percent shooting and allowing 81 points on 49.9 percent shooting. Tyresse Williford is averaging 14.6 points and four rebounds while David McFarland is averaging 14.4 points and 1.5 assists. Brandon Jackson is the third double-digit scorer and Cameron Williams is grabbing 3.3 rebounds. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars are shooting 29.5 percent from beyond the arc and 68.7 percent from the free throw line. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars are allowing 37.8 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.2 rebounds per game. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars have won four of their last six home games.

The Colonels are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 vs. Ohio Valley, 1-4 ATS in their last 5 road games and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Cougars are 4-10 ATS in their last 14 games following a straight up win and 2-6 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games. The Colonels are 2-6 ATS in the last 8 meetings and the underdog is 6-2 ATS in the last 8 meetings. The over is 8-2-1 in Colonels last 11 overall. The over is 9-3 in Cougars last 12 overall.

Despite both teams piling up the losses as of late, it is Eastern Kentucky that is playing the better basketball and is actually outscoring teams by 7.4 points in its last five games. The SIU Edwardsville Cougars continue to have defensive issues, and that doesn't stop at home where they're giving up 80.4 points on 49.7 percent shooting. The Eastern Kentucky Colonels have the offense to expose those issues and are usually very comfortable in games that are up tempo and high scoring. I'll lay the bucket with Eastern Kentucky on the road.

Pick:
Eastern Kentucky -2

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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