Samford vs. East Tennessee State - 2/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Samford vs. East Tennessee State - 2/22/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

East Tennessee State Buccaneers (24-4) at Samford Bulldogs (9-20)

College Basketball: Saturday, February 22, 2020 at 3:00 pm (Pete Hanna Center)

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The East Tennessee State Buccaneers will travel to the Pete Hanna Center to take on the Samford Bulldogs this Saturday afternoon in College Basketball action.

The East Tennessee State Buccaneers won their 6th straight game and improved to 24-4 (13-2 Southern) on the season after defeating the Furman Paladins, 75-66, this past Wednesday. East Tennessee State were strong offensively agianst the Paladins and was able to hold off Furman for the victory after taking a 66-59 lead with 4:52 left in regulation. East Tennessee State shot 48.1% from the field and outrebounded Furman by a 41-24 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Buccaneers was Isaiah Tisdale who had 15 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and a steal.

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On the season, East Tennessee State is averaging 76.6 ppg on 47.5% shooting from the field. The Buccaneers are averaging 7.6 three-pointers per game on 34.0% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, East Tennessee State has been led by Tray Boyd III (13.5 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 2.1 apg, 1.5 spg), Bo Hodges (13.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 2.6 apg, 1.5 spg), and Jeromy Rodriguez (10.7 ppg, 7.9 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, East Tennessee State is holding their opponents to an average of 62.9 ppg on 42.1% shooting from the field. The Buccaneers have a rebound margin of 4.9 and a turnover margin of 3.9.

The Samford Bulldogs dropped to 9-20 (3-12 Southern) on the season after being defeated by the Mercer Bears, 106-66, this past Wednesday. Samford had no answers for the Bears on either end of the court and couldn’t fight back after Mercer took a 60-37 lead early in the 2nd half. Samford allowed Mercer to shoot 61.1% from the field and 51.9% from beyond the arc in the loss. Leading the way for the Bulldogs was Jalen Dupree who had a double-double with 17 points, 11 rebounds, and an assist.

On the season, Samford is averaging 73.6 ppg on 43.7% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs are averaging 6.4 three-pointers per game on 33.7% shooting from beyond the arc. Offensively, Samford has been led by Josh Sharkey (17.3 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 7.2 apg, 2.8 spg), Robert Allen (13.6 ppg, 6.8 rpg, 1.3 apg, 1.0 spg, 1.2 bpg), and Brandon Austin (13.5 ppg, 3.9 rpg, 1.1 spg).

Defensively, Samford is allowing their opponents to average 81.0 ppg on 45.5% shooting from the field. The Bulldogs have a rebound margin of -1.6 and a turnover margin of -1.9.

The Buccaneers are 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games and 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games vs. Samford. The Bulldogs are 1-6 ATS in their last 7 games and just 4-6-1 ATS at home on the season.

East Tennessee State comes into this game ranked 44th in scoring offense, 21st in FG%, and 30th in scoring defense.

Samford fast tempo style of play has them ranked a respectable 114th in scoring offense, however, opposing teams have had no trouble piling the points up on the Bulldogs as they come into this match-up ranked just 343rd in scoring defense and 300th in defensive FG%.

East Tennessee State is one of the better mid-major programs in the country and as Samford has lost 12 of their last 13 games and has shown no ability to slow down opposing offenses, I’m taking East Tennessee State to cover this large road spread. Good Luck!

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Brett’s Pick East Tennessee State Buccaneers -14

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