Eastern Kentucky Colonels (9-19) at Tennessee State Tigers (15-11)
|Date & Time||Saturday February 17, 2018, 8:30 PM (EST)|
The Line: Tennessee State Tigers -11.5 -- Over/Under:
The Eastern Kentucky Colonels will travel to the Gentry Center to take on the Tennessee State Tigers this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Eastern Kentucky Colonels dropped to 9-18 (3-11 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the Belmont Bruins, 84-73, this past Thursday. Eastern Kentucky had no answers for the Belmont offense and couldn’t fight back after a 8-0 Bruins run gave Belmont a 74-58 lead with 5:16 left in regulation. Eastern Kentucky allowed Belmont to shoot 58.6% from the field and 45.2% (14-31) from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Colonels was Nick Mayo who had 21 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, and a block. On the season, Eastern Kentucky is averaging 71.5 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Colonels are averaging 7.2 three-pointers per game on 35.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Eastern Kentucky has been led by Nick Mayo (17.3 ppg, 6.7 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.4 bpg), Dedric Boyd (13.2 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 3.3 rpg, 2.0 apg), DeAndre Dishman (11.7 ppg, 6.3 rpg), and Dujuanta Weaver (6.6 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.2 spg). Defensively, Eastern Kentucky is averaging 71.5 ppg on 43.2% shooting from the field. The Colonels have a rebound margin of -2.9 and a turnover margin of 0.5.
The Tennessee State Tigers won their 7th straight game and improved to 15-11 (10-5 OVC) on the season after defeating the Morehead State Eagles, 83-74, this past Thursday. Tennessee State had more trouble on the defensive than expected against the Eagles, however, led by a 35-30 margin at halftime and pulled away after taking a 73-62 lead with 3:33 left in regulation. Tennessee State shot 50.0% from the field, 48.0% (12-25) from beyond the arc, and outrebounded the Eagles by a 33-25 margin in the win. Leading the way for the Tigers was Delano Spencer who had 32 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal. On the season, Tennessee State is averaging 67.1 ppg on 43.0% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 7.7 three-pointers per game on 34.2% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Tennessee State has been led by Delano Spencer (15.4 ppg, 2.4 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.2 spg), Christian Mekowulu (12.7 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.0 spg, 1.5 bpg), Ken’Darrius Hamilton (8.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg), and Armani Chaney (7.2 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 3.7 apg, 1.5 spg). Defensively, Tennessee State is holding their opponents to an average of 65.8 ppg on 41.9% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of -0.7 and a turnover margin of 1.0.
The Colonels are 6-0 ATS in their last 6 road games however, are just 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Tigers are 4-0-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall and 3-1-1 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
Eastern Kentucky has lost 8 of their last 9 games and come into this matchup ranked 244th in scoring offense, 288th in scoring defense, and 312th in defensive FG%. Tennessee State has been one of the hotter teams in the OVC over the past month and has been led by their defense that ranks 33rd in scoring defense and 72nd in defensive scoring. Eastern Kentucky has been able to pick up a lot of wins, however, the Colonels have been great ATS on the road as of late and as I think both Nick Mayo and Dedric Boyd will be able to have some success against the Tennessee State defense, I think the Colonels will do enough with the large amount of points to cover this spread. Take Eastern Kentucky and the points.