Sacramento State vs. Eastern Washington - 2/1/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Eastern Washington Eagles (13-6) at Sacramento State Hornets (11-7)
College Basketball: Saturday, February 1, 2020 at 10:05 pm (The Hornets Nest)
The Line: Sacramento State Hornets -1.5 -- Over/Under: 134 Click Here for the Latest Odds
The Eastern Washington Eagles will travel to The Nest to take on the Sacramento State Hornets this Saturday night in College Basketball action.
The Eastern Washington Eagles are riding a four game winning streak, improving to 13-6 (6-2 Big Sky) on the season after defeating the Northern Colorado Bears in an overtime thriller, 89-84, this past Monday. The game was tight the whole way as the Eagles and Bears needed extra time to decide the final. In overtime, Eastern Washington was able to hold Northern Colorado scoreless for almost two and a half minutes while the Eagles built an 85-79 lead with 0:26 remaining that would hold up over the final seconds. Eastern Washington shot well averaging 45.9% from the field and 41.2% from the three-point line in the win. Leading the way for the Eagles was Mason Peatling who nearly reached a triple-double with 21 points, 22 rebounds, 7 assists, 3 blocks and a steal.
On the season, Eastern Washington is second in the nation, averaging 83.4 ppg on 46.5% shooting from the field. The Eagles are also average 9.2 three-pointers per game on 34.3% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Eastern Washington has been led by Jacob Davidson (17.6 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.5 apg), Mason Peatling (16.1 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 1.5 bpg) and Kim Aiken Jr. (15.4 ppg, 10.3 rpg, 1.9 spg).
Defensively, Eastern Washington is allowing their opponents to average 75.6 ppg on 42.5% shooting from the field. The Eagles have a rebound margin of 0.3 and a turnover margin of 2.1.
The Sacramento State Hornets lost their last contest, dropping to 11-7 (5-4 Big Sky) on the season after being defeated by the Northern Arizona Lumberjacks, 69-54, this past Monday. Sacramento State found themselves down 37-29 at the half and it only got worse from there. The Hornets saw their deficit rise to 66-44 with 3:01 left in regulation and the game clearly out of reach. Poor shooting led to Sacramento State’s loss as they could only manage 33.3% from the field and 26.1% from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Hornets was Ethan Esposito who had 11 points and 3 rebounds.
On the season, Sacramento State is averaging 60.8 ppg on 40.2% shooting from the field. The Hornets are also averaging just 4.4 three-pointers per game on 31.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Sacramento State has been led by Joshua Patton (13.7ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.2 bpg) and Ethan Esposito (10.2 ppg, 5.2 rpg).
Defensively, Sacramento State is holding their opponents to 56.6 ppg on 38.9% shooting from the field which is good for 3rd in the nation. The Hornets have a rebound margin of 4.8 and a turnover margin of 0.8.
The Eagles are 2-6-1 ATS in their last 9 games overall and just 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 road games. The Hornets are 6-2 ATS in their last 8 Saturday games and 13-5 ATS in their last 18 games overall.
Eastern Washington is once agianst led by their high tempo offense that comes into this game ranked 2nd in scoring offense and 45th in FG%.
Sacramento State has struggled putting up points on the board as the Hornets rank just 341st in scoring offense, however, the Hornets have been outstanding defensively as they currently rank 3rd in scoring defense and 31st in defensive FG%.
Sacramento State was able to slow the high powered Eastern Washington offense last season on the road in a 59-56 victory and as the Hornets are holding conference opponents at home to just an average of just 54.5 ppg, I think the Hornets do enough in this match-up to cover this home spread.