Eastern Kentucky vs. Tennessee State - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Eastern Kentucky vs. Tennessee State - 3/5/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Jamie Rhodes-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee State Tigers (17-14) at Eastern Kentucky Colonels (15-16)

College Basketball: Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 7:30 pm (Ford Center)

The Line: Eastern Kentucky Colonels -1 -- Over/Under: 146 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Tennessee State Tigers (18-14, CONF 10-9)  and Eastern Kentucky Colonels (15-16, CONF 12-6) face off in a Ohio Valley Tournament game at the Ford Center. Eastern Kentucky beat Tennessee State 83-63.

Tennessee State has been ultra inconsistent the last month, and they are lucky to still be playing at this point. Over the last eight games the Tigers have only three wins, and one of those wins came on Wednesday. 

Tennessee State struggled during the second half against Morehead State scoring only 31 points and that caused the game to go to overtime. During overtime Tennessee State scored 15 points and that allowed them to advance.

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The Tigers used a balanced attack against Morehead State and they had three players score at least 12 points. Ravel Moody and Carlos Marshall Jr. were the two guys who paced Tennessee State putting up 14 points. 

Eastern Kentucky sit below .500 still but a lot of that is because of the tough non-conference schedule. During conference play, they have won 12 of the 18 games and they got a first round bye in the conference tournament.

OVer the last ten games the Colonels have six wins and they are a team that likes to push the pace. Over the last five games Eastern Kentucky is averaging 76 points per game, while the defense is giving up 77.6 points.

In this game if Eastern Kentucky can push the pace they will be in good shape to come away with a win. 

The under is 11-1 in Tennessee State’s last 12 games overall. Eastern Kentucky is 9-3-1 against the spread in their last 13 games overall. The under is 11-5-1 in Eastern Kentucky’s last 17 games played on Thursday. The under is 6-2 in the last eight meetings between Tennessee State and Eastern Kentucky. 

Tennessee State didn't look too great during their first round of the tournament and they are going to struggle again. Look for Eastern Kentucky to push the pace and that will lead to an easy cover the spread.

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Shane’s Pick Eastern Kentucky -1

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