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SIU Edwardsville vs. Tennessee Tech - 2/28/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tennessee Tech at SIU Edwardsville
Date & Time Thursday February 28, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)
Location
Vadalabene Center
Edwardsville, IL
The Line
SIU-Edwardsville Cougars -3.5 -- Over/Under: 138
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles will travel to the Vadalabene Center to take on the SIU-Edwardsville Cougars this Thursday night in College Basketball action.

The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles lost their 8th straight game and dropped to 7-22 (3-13 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the Morehead State Eagles, 66-63, this past Saturday. Tennessee Tech led by a 37-30 margin at halftime, however, struggled offensively in the 2nd half and couldn’t fight back after a back-to-back baskets by the Eagles gave Morehead State a 63-59 lead with just :26 seconds left in regulation. Tennessee Tech shot 43.6% from the field and was outrebounded by the Eagles by a 38-30 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Golden Eagles was Jared Sherfield who had 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 assists.

On the season, Tennessee Tech is averaging 68.0 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles are averaging 6.8 three-pointers per game on 34.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Tennessee Tech has been led by Jr. Clay (14.4 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.7 spg), Hunter Vick (11.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.0 spg), Micaiah Henry (9.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.7 bpg), and Courtney Alexander II (7.6 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.3 spg).

Defensively, Tennessee Tech is allowing their opponents to average 76.4 ppg on 44.3% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles have a rebound margin of -2.6 and a turnover margin of -2.2.

The SIU-Edwardsville Cougars dropped to 9-19 (5-11 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the Belmont Bruins, 97-75, this past Saturday. SIU-Edwardsville had no answers on the defensive end for the high-scoring Belmont offense and couldn’t fight back after Belmont took a 75-56 lead with 11:33 left in regulation. SIU-Edwardsville allowed Belmont to shoot 59.7% from the field and was outrebounded by the Bruins by a 32-22 margin in the loss. Leading the way for the Cougars was Brandon Jackson who had 22 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, and a block.

On the season, SIU-Edwardsville is averaging 73.2 ppg on 41.7% shooting from the field. The Cougars are averaging 6.4 three-pointers per game on 29.5% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, SIU-Edwardsville has been led by David McFarland (13.7 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.7 spg), Brandon Jackson (13.5 ppg, 6.4 rpg), Tyresse Williford (13.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 3.7 apg), and Cameron Williams (10.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, SIU-Edwardsville is allowing their opponents to average 81.5 ppg on 49.4% shooting from the field. The Cougars have a rebound margin of -2.3 and a turnover margin of 0.3.

The Golden Eagles are 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 Thursday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games. The Cougars are 11-23 ATS in their last 34 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400 and just 1-4-1 ATS in their last 6 games overall.

Tennessee Tech have lost 12 of their last 13 games and currently rank T-288th in scoring offense, 291st in scoring defense, and 209th in defensive FG%.

SIU-Edwardsville has lost 5 of their last 6 games and although their offense has been decent as it ranks 165th in scoring offense, the Cougars defense has really struggled as they currently rank just 344th in scoring defense and 350th in defensive FG%.

Tennessee Tech was able to defeat SIU-Edwardsville by a 78-69 margin in OT earlier this season, however, it’s been a struggle for the Golden Eagles on the road this season as they are just 2-12 on the road this season. SIU-Edwardsville has lost the last 5 games in this match-up and as I just can’t trust the Cougars defense even at home, I’m taking the Golden Eagles and the points in this one.

Pick:
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles +3.5

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