Wofford vs. East Tennessee State - 3/9/20 College Basketball Pick, Odds, and Prediction
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Wofford Terriers (18-15) at East Tennessee State Buccaneers (29-4)
College Basketball: Monday, March 9, 2020 at 7:00 pm (Harrah's Cherokee Center)
The Line: East Tennessee State Buccaneers 6.5 -- Over/Under: 133
The Wofford Terriers (19-15, 8-10 CONF) and the East Tennessee State Buccaneers (29-4, 16-2 CONF) will meet on Monday, March 9th for the Southern Conference Tournament Championship game. The game will be played at a neutral site at Harrah's Cherokee Center in Asheville, NC. The game will be played at 7:00 PM eastern time.
Wofford defeated #2 seed Furman and Chattanooga to make it to this championship game. Wofford, the unlikely #7 seed, is trying to win this southern conference for the second straight season. East Tennessee State, the #1 seed and overwhelming favorite to win the conference heading into this tournament defeated VMI and Western Carolina to make it to the championship. This would be a major upset victory if Wofford is able to pull it off, as there have not been any teams seeded as high as #7 to win their conference tournament so far this season.
*** Stats for both teams are from before games played on March 8th.
Wofford scores 72.5 points per game on 46 percent field goal shooting this season. Wofford's leading scorer is G Nathan Hoover, who scores 15.1 points per game. The leading rebounder for Wofford is F Chevez Goodwin, who earns 6.3 rebounds per game. Wofford allows 68.4 points per game to the opposition, therefore they have a +4.1 scoring differential so far this season. Wofford also earns 31.5 rebounds, 13.6 assists, 2.6 blocks, and 5.7 steals per game as a team.
East Tennessee State scores 75.8 points per game on 47.1 percent field goal shooting this season. East Tennessee State's leading scorer is G Tray Boyd III, who scores 13.6 points per game. The leading rebounder for East Tennessee State is C Lucas N'Guessan, who earns 5.9 rebounds per game. East Tennessee State allows 62.9 points per game to the opposition, thus they have a +12.9 scoring differential so far this season. East Tennessee State also earns 35.6 rebounds, 13.9 assists, 3.6 blocks, and 8.4 steals per game as a team.
Wofford is 15-16-2 against the spread this season and 6-4 against the spread in their last ten games. Wofford is also 4-0 against the spread at neutral site locations so far this season. East Tennessee State is 16-13-1 against the spread this season and 7-3-1 against the spread in their last ten games. East Tennessee State is also 1-0-1 against the spread at neutral site locations so far this season.
The line has not been released yet, therefore I will give my final score prediction and update this article tomorrow morning. Wofford knows what it takes to win in big games like this one. Although this may not be the same Wofford team as last year, they still have it in them to be competitive no matter what. I think this will be a close game for a good while, but I have to think East Tennessee State will prevail in the end. East Tennessee State wins 76-68.
UPDATE: With the line being out now, I have to side with the over. It will be close, and it all depends on a high-scoring first half, as the second half should be more defensive.