Austin Peay vs. Eastern Kentucky - 2/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Austin Peay vs. Eastern Kentucky - 2/15/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Eastern Kentucky Colonels (12-13) at Austin Peay Governors (17-9)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 4:30 pm (Winfield Dunn Center)

The Line: Austin Peay Governors -12.5 -- Over/Under: 156.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Eastern Kentucky Colonels will travel to the Winfield Dunn Center to take on the Austin Peay Governors this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The Eastern Kentucky Colonels improved to 13-13 (10-3 OVC) on the season after defeating the Morehead State Eagles, 78-71, this past Thursday. Eastern Kentucky led by a 42-37 margin at halftime and pulled away in the 2nd half after a 5-0 Colonels run gave Eastern Kentucky a 73-63 lead with just 2:11 left in regulation. Eastern Kentucky shot 55.2% from the field while holding Morehead State to just 12.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Leading the way for the Colonels was Jomaru Brown who had 19 points, 5 rebounds, 9 assists, and a steal.

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On the season, Eastern Kentucky is averaging 76.0 ppg on 41.1% shooting from the field. The Colonels are averaging 8.6 three-pointers per game on 32.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Eastern Kentucky has been led by Jomaru Brown (19.2 ppg, 3.8 rpg, 2.9 apg, 1.9 spg), Ty Taylor II (12.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 1.6 apg, 1.0 spg), and Tre King (11.2 ppg, 5.0 rpg, 1.3 spg).

Defensviely, Eastern Kentucky has is allowing their opponents to average 76.6 ppg on 45.9% shooting from the field. The Colonels have a rebound margin of -7.0 and a turnover margin of 4.6.

The Austin Peay Governors snapped their 2-game losing streak and improved to 17-9 (11-2 OVC) on the season after defeating the Murray State Racers, 71-68, this past Thursday. In a back and forth game featuring the top two teams from the OVC, Austin Peay was able to pick up the huge victory after holding the Racers scoreless over the final 1:12 of regulation. Austin Peay shot 40.0% from the field and  dominated at the FT-line hitting 83.3% (20-24) of their free-throws. Leading the way for the Governors was Terry Taylor who had a double-double with 16 points, 14 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, and 2 steals.

On the season, Austin Peay is averaging 77.0 ppg on 46.2% shooting from the field. The Governors are averaging 6.9 three-pointers per game on 34.4% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Austin Peay has been led by Terry Taylor (22.1 ppg, 10.5 rpg, 1.4 apg, 1.3 spg, 1.2 bpg), Jordyn Adams (17.0 ppg, 3.2 rpg, 2.2 apg, 1.1 spg), and Antwuan Butler (7.2 ppg, 2.2 rpg, 3.3 apg, 1.3 spg).

Defensively, Austin Peay is allowing their opponents to average 71.5 ppg on 47.3% shooting from the field. The Governors have a rebound margin of 2.4 and a turnover margin of 2.9.

The Colonels are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games and are 12-12 ATS on the season. The Governors are 9-3-1 ATS in their last 13 games and 7-2-1 ATS in their last 10 Saturday games.

Eastern Kentucky comes into this game ranked 61st in scoring offense, however, the Colonels have struggled defensively, currently ranking just 321st in scoring defense and 311th in defensive FG%.

Austin Peay has been led by their offense which comes into this game ranked T-40th in scoring offense and 51st in FG%, however, have also struggled defensively as the Governors rank just T-240th in scoring defense and 336th in defensive FG%.

Austin Peay moved into the top of the OVC standings with their huge win against Murray State, however, I do think the Governors need to be careful about a let-down here as Eastern Kentucky has an offense that can keep up with the Governors. Austin Peay is a perfect 11-0 at home this season however, as I think Eastern Kentucky can keep this one competitive, I think this is just too many points for the Governors to cover. Take Eastern Kentucky and the points. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick Eastern Kentucky Colonels +12.5

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