The East Tennessee State Buccaneers (4-5) square off against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels (8-4) at Freedom Hall Civic Center. The game starts at 7:00 pm ET on Friday, Dec. 18 and will air on ES3.
The Buccaneers lost big to UNC Asheville 84-64 on Tuesday. Isaac Banks was the top performer for the Buccaneers, contributing nine points and seven rebounds. The Colonels, meanwhile, are coming off an 80-73 win over Florida Atlantic on Tuesday. Jarelle Reischel shot 5 for 11 and led in scoring with 19 points.
East Tennessee State is a small two-point favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at 161 points.
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The Buccaneers enter the game with records of 4-5 Straight Up (SU) and 2-2-1 Against The Spread (ATS). The Buccaneers come into the game with the nation's seventh-ranked home scoring offense, averaging 95.2 points per game on their own court.
On the other side, Eastern Kentucky has a SU record of 8-4 and an ATS record of 4-2-1. They sport the 15th-ranked scoring offense in the country, averaging 86.1 points per game. Eastern Kentucky is one of the top three-point shooting teams in the nation, hitting 9.0 shots from three-point range per game. Defenses have a tough time accounting for every player when up against the Colonels, who are known for distributing the ball with 17.3 assists per game.
East Tennessee State and Eastern Kentucky will be facing off in their first head-to-head clash of the season. When they last met the Buccaneers were winners, moving their SU record against Eastern Kentucky to 2-1. Additionally, East Tennessee State leads the matchup ATS with a record of 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - EastTn, ATS Winner - EastKy, O/U - Over
Eastern Kentucky is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road.
East Tennessee State is one of the top-scoring teams at home, averaging 95.2 points per game (ranked seventh). Eastern Kentucky, on the other hand, allows 83.8 points per away game (ranked 306th).
Ranked 38th, the Eastern Kentucky Colonels have an offensive rating of 115.3. The East Tennessee State Buccaneers rank 220th with a defensive rating of just 103.3.
Eastern Kentucky has the 15th-ranked average field goal percentage at 50.1%. East Tennessee State has not won a game this season when opponents have a similar or higher field goal percentage (0-4).
The East Tennessee State Buccaneers rank higher based on their field goal percentage (134th) than their effective field goal percentage (158th), while the Eastern Kentucky Colonels rank the same for both metrics (15th).
Eastern Kentucky ranks 32nd in assists, recording 17.3 per game. East Tennessee State performs worse at 266th with 12.1 assists per game.
East Tennessee State, the 99th-ranked team in blocked shots, records an average of 4.3 per game. Eastern Kentucky does worse, ranked 233rd with 2.9.
East Tennessee State has forced an average turnover rate of 20.4% this season. In games where its turnover rate is 20.4% or higher, Eastern Kentucky is an even 2-2.