The Eastern Kentucky Colonels (6-12, 3-2 OVC) will try to end their nine-game road losing streak when they square off with the Tennessee State Tigers (12-6, 4-1 OVC), who look to continue their eight-game home winning streak. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, January 18, 2020.
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In the Colonels’ last game, they lost big to the Belmont Bruins, 87-56. With 25 points on 8-for-19 shooting, Jomaru Brown was the top scorer from either team. Belmont’s rebounding was their largest strength. The Bruins had more offensive rebounds (18 vs. seven), defensive rebounds (38 vs. 22) and total rebounds (56 vs. 29).
The Tigers will look to keep it rolling after beating the Morehead State Eagles in their last matchup, 64-48. Tennessee State was led by Shakem Johnson, who put up 12 points and 11 rebounds. Tennessee State played a nearly flawless game. They had a free throw rate of 0.151 (below their season average of 0.228) and an effective field goal percentage of 0.528 (below their season average of 0.553). For those same stats, Morehead State was 0.066 and 0.361, respectively.
Tennessee State could dominate on the offensive side of the ball as their sharp-shooting offense faces off against one of the nation’s worst defenses. The Tigers currently rank 21st in effective field goal percentage (0.552), while Eastern Kentucky ranks 277th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.514).
This is the first time these teams will clash this year, after splitting two games last season. In the most recent matchup, the Colonels won 75-65. The Colonels played a nearly flawless game. They had a phenomenal free throw rate of 0.545 and a great offensive rebounding percentage of 28.6. For those same stats, the Tigers had marks of 0.121 and 23.3, respectively.
Eastern Kentucky Colonels vs. Tennessee State Tigers Prediction
Basketball Pick: SU Winner – Tennessee State, ATS Winner – Tennessee State, O/U – Under
The Tigers rank 38th in blocks per game (4.6) while the Colonels rank 164th (2.4).
Eastern Kentucky ranks 35th in three pointers attempted per game (26.8) while Tennessee State ranks 137th (22.1).
Tennessee State ranks 32nd in rebounds allowed per game (31.4) while Eastern Kentucky ranks 275th (41.2).
The Tigers rank 22nd in assists allowed per game (10.1) while the Colonels rank 226th (15.3).
Eastern Kentucky ranks 12th in steals per game (9.6) while Tennessee State ranks 181st (5.7).
The Tigers’ average margin of victory in their last five games has been 3.0, down from 4.1 for the season.
During their last five games, the Colonels have scored an average of 71.2 points per game (1.6 below their season average) and allowed an average of 74.4 points per game (1.8 below their season average).