Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Colonels and Bears. The game is starting at 8:30 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Bears at Farris Center in Conway, AR. Get ready to place your bets! The Colonels are favored in this Atlantic Sun conference showdown. The game’s over/under is currently at 154.5 points.
EASTERN KENTUCKY COLONELS VS CENTRAL ARKANSAS BEARS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Central Arkansas Bears +6.5
This game will be played at Farris Center at 8:30 ET on Thursday, January 11th.
WHY BET THE CENTRAL ARKANSAS BEARS:
- We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Bears.
- Not only will Central Arkansas pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +6.5.
- The over/under is currently sitting at 154.5 points, and we like the under with a projected 144 points.
Will Eastern Kentucky Secure A Victory as Road Favorites?
Eastern Kentucky comes into this game as a 6.5-point favorite. So far this season, they have been favored in six games, going 3-3 in those contests. Over their last 10 games, the Colonels have gone 2-8 on the road.
Eastern Kentucky is coming off a 69-59 win over Austin Peay. The Colonels have won two games in a row and have a record of 6-9 this season.
Eastern Kentucky has an ATS record of 4-8 this season and they are 2-4 vs. the spread on the road. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Colonels have gone 5-5 ATS.
This season, the over/under record for Eastern Kentucky games is 4-8. So far, the average point total in their games is 151.8, which is lower than the average over/under line of 153.3. Today’s over/under line of 154.5 is higher than the average scoring total in their last three games (137 points).
The Eastern Kentucky offense is coming off a game where they scored 69 points against Austin Peay. They posted a field goal percentage of 46.2% and connected on 2 threes. In terms of offense, the Colonels have a season-long field goal percentage of 44%, putting them 241st in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 303rd in percentage and 157th in three-pointers made.
The Colonels’ defense is presently ranked 275th nationally, allowing an average of 77.9 points per contest. On average, opposing teams are hitting 8.3 threes per game vs. Central Arkansas. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 33.2%.
Can Central Arkansas Lock in a Home Win?
Central Arkansas will be looking to build off their win against North Alabama. On the season, the Bears have a record of 5-12, and they are 1-0 in Atlantic Sun play. At home, Central Arkansas has gone 1-4, and they are 2-1 in their last three games at home.
As for the point spread, the Bears have been the underdog in 14 of their 17 games this season, and they have a record of 3-11 as the underdog. Central Arkansas has gone 4-6 in their last 10 games at home.
As the underdog, Central Arkansas has been solid vs. the spread this season with an 8-5-1 mark. At home, their ATS record is 2-2-1 and over their last 10 games as the underdog, they are 5-4-1 vs. the spread.
Central Arkansas’ over/under record for the season sits at 6-8-1, and the average over/under line in their games is 151.1. So far, 10 of their games have finished with fewer points than today’s line of 154.5. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 162 points and their OU record over their last 10 games is 4-4-1.
The Central Arkansas offense is coming off a game where they scored 84 points against North Alabama. They posted a field goal percentage of 49.1% and connected on 10 threes. Leading the team in scoring is Tucker Anderson, who is averaging 14.1 heading into today’s matchup. Additionally, Carl Daughtery Jr. also maintains a PPG average of 11.9 heading into game.
The Bears’ defense is presently ranked 251st nationally, allowing an average of 76.4 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Central Arkansas’ defense has allowed opponents to shoot 42.3% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 38.3% this season.