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Tennessee Tech vs. Morehead State - 2/23/19 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Morehead State at Tennessee Tech
Date & Time Saturday February 23, 2019, 8:30 PM (EST)
Location
Hooper Eblen Center
Cookeville, TN
The Line
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles +3 -- Over/Under: 139
TV Channel
ESPN+
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The Morehead State Eagles will travel to the Hooper Eblen Center to take on the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles this Saturday night in College Basketball action.

The Morehead State Eagles dropped their 2nd straight game and dropped to 10-18 (6-9 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the Jacksonville State Gamecocks, 65-64, this past Thursday. Morehead State led by 34-30 margin at halftime and gave the heavily favored Gamecocks all they could handle, however, the Eagles came up just short up pulling off the upset victory. Morehead State held Jacksonville State to just 34.5% shooting from the field and 11.8% shooting from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Eagles was A.J. Hicks who had had 10 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists, and a steal.

On the season, Morehead State is averaging 74.4 ppg on 43.1% shooting from the field. The Eagles are averaging 7.9 three-pointers per game on 34.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Morehead State has been led by Jordan Walker (16.5 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 2.4 apg, 1.1 spg), Lamontray Harris (13.5 ppg, 8.3 rpg, 1.5 apg), A.J. Hicks (12.1 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 5.7 apg, 1.8 spg), and De’Von Cooper (8.9 ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.6 apg).

Defensively, Morehead State is allowing their opponents to average 77.5 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Eagles have a rebound margin of -1.8 and a turnover margin of 0.8.

The Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles lost their 7th straight game and dropped to 7-21 (3-12 OVC) on the season after being defeated by the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, 67-66, this past Thursday. Tennessee Tech fought back to make it a game late after trailing by a 66-57 margin with 5:03 in regulation, however, couldn’t secure the come from behind victory after missing multiple chances to take the lead with just over :10 seconds left in regulation. Tennessee Tech shot just 32.8% from the field and 27.8% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Golden Eagles was Jared Sherfield who had 19 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, and a steal.

On the season, Tennessee Tech is averaging 68.3 ppg on 41.9% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 34.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Tennessee Tech has been led by Jr. Clay (14.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 4.2 apg, 1.8 spg), Hunter Vick (11.1 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.0 spg), Micaiah Henry (9.9 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 1.7 bpg), and Malik Martin (9.7 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.5 apg).

Defensively, Tennessee Tech is allowing their opponents to average 77.2 ppg on 44.7% shooting from the field. The Golden Eagles have a rebound margin of -2.5 and a turnover margin of -2.3.

The Eagles are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games vs. a team with a losing home record, however, just 2-6 ATS in their last 8 games following an ATS win. The Golden Eagles are 14-6 ATS in their last 20 home games vs. at team with a road winning % of less than .400, however, just 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.  

Morehead State has lost 4 of their last 5 games and currently rank 135th in scoring offense, 305th in scoring defense, and 290th in defensive FG%.

Tennessee Tech has lost 11 of their last 12 games and currently rank 284th in scoring offense, 294th in FG%, and 301st in scoring defense.

Tennessee Tech has struggled picking up wins, however, the have been for the most part competitive during their current 7-game losing streak which included a near upset of Murray State. Tennessee Tech lost to Morehead State by a 67-61 margin on the road earlier this season, however, I expect the Morehead State to come out a bit flat after a tough fought loss on the road agianst Jacksonville State on Thursday, I think the Golden Eagles will be able to do enough at worst, to cover with the points. Good Luck!

Pick:
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles +3

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