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.

Does North Alabama Have What it Takes to Win as Road Underdogs?

North Alabama, who have a 13-14 record, are about to play their 28th game of the season. The Lions have only played away games this season. As of now, North Alabama’s record against the spread stands at 12-13 heading into today’s game. In their last ten games this season, North Alabama has gone 2-3 vs. the spread.

Up to this point, games involving North Alabama have had an average of 151.8 points per game, with the average over/under line set at 148.4 points. Their over/under record is 13-11-1. When looking at the Lions’ last three games, their over/under record is 1-2, with their games averaging 146 points per game.

Coming off a good offensive performance, North Alabama’s offense scored 79 points against Austin Peay. Their field goal percentage for the game was 49.1%, and they went 14/16 from the free-throw line. In terms of three-point shooting, the Lions offense has been good from outside, hitting 36% of their three-pointers on an average of 21.3 attempts per game. Their overall field goal percentage is currently 44%.

Facing Eastern Kentucky, North Alabama aims for a better defensive performance, given their current average of 75.9 points allowed per game (262nd). On average, opposing teams are hitting 6.7 threes per game vs. Eastern Kentucky. This has come on three-point shooting percentage of 32.0%.

Do the Colonels Stand a Chance at Home?

Eastern Kentucky is getting ready for their 27th game of the season with a record of 15-11. On the road, the Colonels are 5-8 this year while they are 7-3 at home. Eastern Kentucky is currently sitting above .500 with a 13-10 record against the spread. In their last five games, they have a solid 4-1 record vs. the spread.

So far, Eastern Kentucky’s games have averaged 154.1 points per game with the average over/under line being 151.7 points. The Colonels have seen their last five games conclude with a collective average of 159 points per game and an over/under record of 3-2.

Compared to their season average of 81.7 points per game, Eastern Kentucky struggled in their previous game. Against Bellarmine, the Colonels scored 75 points while finishing with a field goal percentage of 44.3%. The top scorer for the Colonels was Isaiah Cozart with 17 points, while Leland Walker also chipped in with 16 points.

At present, the Colonels’ defense is nationally ranked 276th, allowing 76.4 points per game. The Eastern Kentucky defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 65 points and allowed Bellarmine to connect on 6 threes.