Chattanooga vs. East Tennessee State - 2/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Chattanooga vs. East Tennessee State - 2/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Michael Shroyer-USA TODAY Sports

East Tennessee State Buccaneers (19-4) at Chattanooga Mocs (14-9)

College Basketball: Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 7:00 pm (McKenzie Arena)

The Line: Chattanooga Mocs +5 -- Over/Under: 136 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The East Tennessee State Buccaneers and the Chattanooga Mocs meet in SoCon college basketball action from the McKenzie Arena on Wednesday night.

The East Tennessee State Buccaneers will look to build on an 82-65 win over UNC-Greensboro last time out. Tray Boyd III led the Bucs with 30 points on 10 of 16 shooting with 6 threes while Bo Hodges added 14 points on 5 of 11 shooting with 11 rebounds for the double-double and Lucas N’Guessan added 12 points on 5 of 7 shooting to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for ETSU in the winning effort. Patrick Good added a team-high 5 assists as well in the victory for the Buccaneers. Hodges leads East Tennessee State in scoring with an average of 13.4 points per game while Isaiah Tisdale leads the Buccaneers in assists with 2.9 assists per game and Jeromy Rodriguez leads East Tennessee State in rebounding with 7.9 rebounds per game this season. As a team, East Tennessee State is averaging 76.3 points per game on 47.1% shooting from the field, 33.9% from behind the arc and 67% from the foul line this season.

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The Chattanooga Mocs will try to find some consistency after alternating wins and losses in each of their last six games following a 64-61 loss to Western Carolina last time out. David Jean-Baptiste led the Mocs with 17 points while Ramon Vila and Matt Ryan each had 12 points to round out the trio of double-digit scorers for Chattanooga in the loss. Vila added a team-high 6 rebounds while Ryan drilled 4 threes to make up his 12 points. Trey Doomes added 7 points with 6 rebounds while A.J. Caldwell had 6 boards and a team-high 4 assists as well in the defeat. Ryan leads Chattanooga in scoring with an average of 14.7 points per game while Vila leads the Mocs in rebounding with 5.6 rebounds per game and Maurice Commander leads the Mocs in assists with 2.5 assists per game this season. As a team, Chattanooga is averaging 72.1 points per game on 44.8% shooting from the field, 35.7% from behind the arc and 67.8% from the foul line this season.

East Tennessee State is 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games following a win and 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games against a team with a winning home record while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Chattanooga is 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games overall and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 games as a home underdog while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 games following a loss. The favorite is 15-5-1 ATS in the last 21 meetings between these two teams.

I’ve gone back and forth on this game as the Buccaneers have been solid up to this point, but a lot of their recent success has come at home and the Buccaneers haven’t been able to really translate that to the road. Chattanooga was just stunned by Western Carolina at home, but the Mocs are still holding teams to just 63.4 points per game at home this season and outscoring their opposition by 16.6 points per game. I’m not trying to bet this game personally, but I think you could make a case for taking a shot with Chattanooga and the points here.

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Chris’s Pick Chattanooga +5

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