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Tennessee Tech vs. Eastern Illinois - 1/12/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Eastern Illinois at Tennessee Tech
Date & Time Saturday January 12, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)
Location
Hooper Eblen Center
Cookeville, Tennessee
The Line
The Line: Tennessee Tech -2 -- Over/Under: 140.5
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Eastern Illinois Panthers and Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles meet Saturday in college basketball action at the Hooper Eblen Center.

The Eastern Illinois Panthers look to stay hot after winning six of their last eight games. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are averaging 72.9 points on 42.8 percent shooting and allowing 76 points on 45.5 percent shooting. Josiah Wallace is averaging 14.9 points and 2.8 assists while Mack Smith is averaging 11.4 points and 4.5 rebounds. Ben Harvey is the third double-digit scorer and Shareef Smith is grabbing 3.4 rebounds. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are shooting 37.5 percent from beyond the arc and 71 percent from the free throw line. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are allowing 37.5 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 35.5 rebounds per game. The Eastern Illinois Panthers have lost five of their last seven road games.

The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles look for another victory after winning five of their last eight games. The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles are averaging 71.7 points on 44.2 percent shooting and allowing 79.3 points on 44.7 percent shooting. Jr. Clay is averaging 12.4 points and 3.6 assists while Malik Martin is averaging 11.9 points and 4.4 rebounds. Micaiah Henry is the third double-digit scorer and Hunter Vick is dishing 2.7 assists. The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles are shooting 32.4 percent from beyond the arc and 59.2 percent from the free throw line. The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles are allowing 34.7 percent shooting from deep and are grabbing 36.4 rebounds per game. The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles have won their last four home games.

The Panthers are 6-2-1 ATS in their last 9 Saturday games and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall. The Golden Eagles are 8-3 ATS in their last 11 home games, 5-0 ATS in their last 5 vs. Ohio Valley and 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall. The Panthers are 1-5 ATS in the last 6 meetings. The under is 9-3 in Golden Eagles last 12 home games. The over is 24-7 in Panthers last 31 overall.

The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles are not a team I'm trying to get behind as a favorite given how bad they've been at times and how ugly their losses are. On the flip side, Tennessee Tech has been pretty solid at home where it's won four straight and has covered eight of its last 11 games. Tennessee Tech has also won seven of the last 10 meetings against Eastern Illinois. The Eastern Illinois Panthers are also being outscored by 9.6 points on the road this season while shooting under 40 percent from the field. I'll lay the bucket with Tennessee Tech.

Pick:
Tennessee Tech -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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