The East Tennessee State Buccaneers (25-4, 14-2 SoCon) will travel to Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium to take on the Wofford Terriers (16-13, 8-8 SoCon) in their home finale. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 26, 2020.
East Tennessee State Buccaneers vs. Wofford Terriers ATS Preview
The Buccaneers were victorious over the Samford Bulldogs in their last matchup, 80-74. With 15 points and 15 rebounds, Lucas N’Guessan had a solid game for East Tennessee State. East Tennessee State dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 52.6 (above their season average of 33.3) and a turnover percentage of 15.1 (worse than their season average of 15.1). For those same stats, Samford was 25.8 and 17.6, respectively.
In the Terriers’ last outing, they were topped by the Furman Paladins, 67-66. With 15 points and 11 rebounds, Wofford’s Chevez Goodwin had a solid game. Furman had a turnover percentage of 6.9 (better than their season average of 15.2). Wofford, on the other hand, had an offensive rebounding percentage of 34.3 (above their season average of 25.2).
These two schools have already met once this season. The Buccaneers won 49-48. The Buccaneers dominated nearly every stat category in the game. They had a free throw rate of 0.170 and a solid offensive rebounding percentage of 28.1. For those same stats, the Terriers were 0.122 and 27.3, respectively. Messiah Jones was the game’s top overall scorer with 18 points.
Half-court execution will be at a premium when a pair of the nation’s slowest-paced teams square off. Wofford currently ranks 253rd in possessions per game (67.7) and East Tennessee State is 273rd (67.2). Moreover, the Buccaneers’ 28th-ranked offense (effective field goal percentage of 0.541) will face off against the Terriers’ 269th-ranked defense (effective field goal percentage allowed of 0.510).
East Tennessee State at Wofford Odds Prediction
Free College Basketball Pick: SU Winner – East Tennessee State, ATS Winner – East Tennessee State, O/U – Under
The Buccaneers rank 23rd in assists allowed per game (10.3) while the Terriers rank 135th (12.6).
Wofford ranks 27th in blocks allowed per game (2.5) while East Tennessee State ranks 75th (3.0).
East Tennessee State ranks 119th in rebounds per game (36.2) while Wofford ranks 284th (31.3).
The Buccaneers rank 81st in three pointers allowed per game (20.0) while the Terriers rank 235th (23.9).
East Tennessee State ranks 21st in steals per game (8.5) while Wofford ranks 163rd (5.8).
The Terriers have been outscored by an average of 4.0 points in their last five games. For the season, Wofford has defeated opponents by an average of 4.4 points.
During their last five games, the Buccaneers have scored an average of 78.2 points per game (1.4 above their season average) and allowed an average of 66.8 points per game (3.5 above their season average).