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Tennessee State vs. Morehead State - 1/12/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Morehead State at Tennessee State
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)
Location
Gentry Center
Nashville, TN
The Line
Tennessee State Tigers +1.5 -- Over/Under: 145
TV Channel
ESPN+
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Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Morehead State Eagles will travel to Gentry Center to take on the Tennessee State Tigers this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Morehead State Eagles lost their 4th straight game and dropped to 4-12 (0-3 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the Belmont Bruins, 77-60, this past Thursday. Morehead State struggled to get anything going on the offensive end against the Bruins defense and couldn’t fight back after falling behind by a 40-26 margin at halftime. Morehead State allowed Belmont to shoot 50.9% from the field while the Eagles shot just 33.3% from the field & 26.1% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Eagles was Lamontray Harris who had 13 points, 4 rebounds, and a steal.

On the season, Morehead State is averaging 73.4 ppg on 41.8% shooting from the field. The Eagles are averaging 7.5 three-pointers per game on 31.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Morehead State has been led by Jordan Walker (15.1 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 2.0 apg, 1.3 spg), Lamontray Harris (12.9 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.4 apg), A.J. Hicks (11.9 ppg, 2.9 rpg, 5.3 apg, 1.9 spg), and Malek Green (8.3 ppg, 5.6 rpg).

Defensively, Morehead State is allowing their opponents to average 79.8 ppg on 46.7% shooting from the field. The Eagles have a rebound margin of -1.1 and a turnover margin of 1.1.

The Tennessee State Tigers snapped their 6-game losing streak and improved to 4-11 (1-2 OVC) on the season after defeating the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, 82-81, this past Thursday. In a tight, back and forth game in the 2nd half, Tennessee State was able to pull out the victory after the Tigers Tripp Davis hit a game-winning jumper with :23 seconds left in regulation. Tennessee State shot 50.0% from the field and won the turnover battle by a 15-11 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Tigers was Kamar McKnight who had 16 points, 2 rebounds, and an assist.

On the season, Tennessee State is averaging 72.6 ppg on 41.9% shooting from the field. The Tigers are averaging 8.0 three-pointers per game on 32.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Tennessee State has been led by Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey (15.3 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.4 apg), Kamar McKnight (12.6 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.4 apg), Armani Chaney (8.5 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.5 spg), and Thomas Davis (8.4 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 1.2 apg, 1.2 spg).

Defensively, Tennessee State is allowing their opponents to average 77.1 ppg on 46.9% shooting from the field. The Tigers have a rebound margin of -0.1 and a turnover margin of -1.0.

The Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record, however, are 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Tigers are 2-5-1 ATS in their last 8 home games and 0-2-2 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win.

Morehead State has lost 7 of their last 8 games and has really struggled on both ends of the court this season, as they rank 295th in FG%, 328th in scoring defense, and 307th in defensive FG%. Tennessee State picked up a much needed victory over Eastern Kentucky, however, has also struggled on both ends of the court as they come into this game ranked 221st in scoring offense, 292nd in scoring defense, and 315th in defensive FG%.

Both of these teams look like they are in for long seasons, however, I’ve been more impressed by what I’ve seen the Tigers this season and as Morehead State is 0-9 on the road this season, I like Tennessee State and the points in this one. Good Luck!

Pick:
Tennessee State TIgers +1.5

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