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Tennessee State vs. Tennessee Tech - 1/3/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles (4-9) at Tennessee State Tigers (3-9)
Date & Time Thursday January 3, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)
Location Unknown Location Unknown Address
The Line
The Line: Tennessee State Tigers -5.5 -- Over/Under: 144.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles and Tennessee State Tigers meet Thursday in college basketball action at the Gentry Center.

The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last eight games. The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles are averaging 65.5 points on 40.5 percent shooting and allowing 85.2 points on 48.1 percent shooting. Micaiah Henry is averaging 11.8 points and 5.2 rebounds while Jr. Clay is averaging 11.8 points and 3.7 assists. Hunter Vick is the third double-digit scorer and Corey Tillery is dishing 1.2 assists. The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles are shooting 30.7 percent from beyond the arc and 56.7 percent from the free throw line. The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles are allowing 37.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 31.2 rebounds per game. The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles have lost all seven road games this season.

The Tennessee State Tigers need a win after losing seven of their last eight games. The Tennessee State Tigers are averaging 67.8 points on 38.9 percent shooting and allowing 82.3 points on 50.2 percent shooting. Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey is averaging 15.7 points and 4.8 rebounds while Kamar McKnight is averaging 12.8 points and 2.7 assists. Emmanuel Egbuta is grabbing 4.8 rebounds and Thomas Davis is dishing 1.2 assists. The Tennessee State Tigers are shooting 32.1 percent from beyond the arc and 67.3 percent from the free throw line. The Tennessee State Tigers are allowing 33.3 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 29.6 rebounds per game. The Tennessee State Tigers have split their last four home games.

The Golden Eagles are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Thursday games, 0-6 ATS in their last 6 road games and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games overall. The Tigers are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 Thursday games, 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 home games and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 vs. Ohio Valley. The over is 7-3 in Golden Eagles last 10 overall. The over is 9-3 in Tigers last 12 overall.

Neither one of these teams play a lick of defense and they're both being outscored by double-digit points on the season. The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles have also won five of the last seven meetings against the Tennessee State Tigers. Regardless of where the game is played, neither of these clubs should be favored against anybody. I wouldn't touch this game personally, but if forced to pick, I'm going to side with the Golden Eagles and the free points. Laying chalk with the Tennessee State Tigers is nuts.

Pick:
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles +5.5

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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