The Lions and Colonels are set to face off at 7:00 ET on ESPN+. The Colonels will host the game at Baptist Health Arena in Richmond, KY. The odds for this Atlantic Sun conference game currently have Eastern Kentucky as the -6.5 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 154.5 points.

NORTH ALABAMA LIONS VS EASTERN KENTUCKY COLONELS BETTING PICK

The Pick: Eastern Kentucky Colonels -6.5

This game will be played at Baptist Health Arena at 7:00 ET on Thursday, February 22nd.

WHY BET THE EASTERN KENTUCKY COLONELS:

  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 78-67 in favor of the Colonels.
  • Not only will Eastern Kentucky 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 145 points.

Do the Lions Have What it Takes in Richmond?

North Alabama comes into the game with a 13-14 overall record after playing 27 games. The Lions have struggled on the road, going 3-10 this season, while they have fared much better at home with an 8-4 record. As of now, North Alabama has a losing record vs. the spread, sitting at 12-13. In their most recent five games, the team has gone 2-3 vs. the spread.

Through 27 games, North Alabama has an over/under record of 13-11-1 with their games averaging a combined 151.8 points per game so far. When assessing the Lions’ performance in their last three games, their over/under record stands at 1-2, with their games averaging 146 points per game.

In their recent game, the Lions’ offense concluded with 79 points, consistent with their ongoing season average of 76.9 points per contest. Jacari Lane led the scoring for the Lions, contributing 18 points. Additionally, Tim Smith Jr. chipped in with 16 points.

Coming into today’s game, the North Alabama defense is giving up an average of 75.9 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, North Alabama’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 41.6% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 32.0% this season.

Can Eastern Kentucky Grab a Win at Home?

Eastern Kentucky has played 26 games so far this season and have a record of 15-11. All of the Colonels’ games this season have been on the road. Against the spread, Eastern Kentucky has a winning record of 13-10, putting them above .500. In their last ten games, Eastern Kentucky has been even more impressive, going 4-1 vs. the spread.

In 26 games, Eastern Kentucky comes in with an over/under mark of 11-12-0, with their games averaging 154.1 points per game. When assessing the Colonels’ performance in their last three games, their over/under record stands at 2-1, with their games averaging 155 points per game.

The Eastern Kentucky offense is coming off a game where they scored 75 points against Bellarmine. They posted a field goal percentage of 44.3% and connected on 9 threes. The Eastern Kentucky offense has been looking to get up shots from outside so far this season, averaging 22.8 three-point attempts per contest. Overall, they have connected on 36% of their looks from outside this season.

Looking at the Eastern Kentucky defense, they will be looking for a better performance considering they are currently conceding 76.4 points per game (276th). Against Bellarmine, the Colonels’ defense gave up 65 points and did a good job not fouling. For the game, Bellarmine only made 9 free-throws.