Making on a bet on this NCAA game featuring the Cougars versus the Tigers? Tip off is at at 4:30 ET, and you can watch it all unfold on ESPN+. The game will be played at Gentry Center in Nashville, TN. The odds for this Ohio Valley conference game currently have Tennessee State as the -1.5 point favorite with the over/under line sitting at 143.5 points.


The Pick: Tennessee State Tigers -1.5

This game will be played at Gentry Center at 4:30 ET on Saturday, February 24th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 76-69 in favor of the Tigers.
  • Not only will Tennessee State pick up the win, but look for them to cover at -1.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 143.5 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Can the Cougars Offense Score Enough on the Road?

SIUE comes into this game as the underdog, as they have been in 9 of their 25 games this season. They are 1-8 in those games. On the road, the Cougars have struggled, going just 2-10 compared to their 11-2 record at home. Their average scoring margin on the road is -9.4 compared to +7.1 at home.

Most recently, SIUE beat Tennessee Tech 78-77. They have won three games in a row, and their record is 16-12 overall. In Ohio Valley Conference play, the Cougars are 9-6. For the season, they have gone 7-6 in non-conference games.

As the underdog this season, SIUE has gone 3-5-1 vs. the spread. Over their last 10 games as the underdog, the Cougars are 3-6-1 ATS. On the road, SIUE has an ATS mark of 3-8-1 this year and they have gone just 1-8-1 ATS in their last 10 road games.

This season, the average over/under line in SIUE games is 139.5 and their over/under record is 14-11. Currently, their over/under record in their last three games is 3-0 and their average scoring total in their last three games is 155 points.

The SIUE offense is coming off a game where they scored 78 points against Tennessee Tech. They posted a field goal percentage of 50.8% and connected on 9 threes. In terms of offense, the Cougars have a season-long field goal percentage of 43%, putting them 305th in the NCAA. Regarding three-pointers, they are ranked 206th in percentage and 183rd in three-pointers made.

So far, the Cougars’ defense is ranked 106th in the country at 69.4 points per contest. SIUE’s three-point defense is currently 106th in the country at 6.8 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 41.5% of their shots vs. SIUE.

Does Tennessee State Have What it Takes at Home?

As the favorite, Tennessee State has gone 9-6 this season and they are 16-12 overall. In their last game, the Tigers beat Eastern Illinois by a score of 78-73. At home this year, Tennessee State is 6-4 and over their last 10 games at home, they have gone 7-3.

For the season, the Tigers have an average scoring margin of +2.6 points per game at home and they have gone 6-8 on the road. So far, Tennessee State has been favored in 15 of their games, going 9-6 in those contests.

As the favorite this season, Tennessee State has gone just 6-9 against the spread. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Tigers have a 5-5 ATS record. At home, Tennessee State is 4-6 vs. the spread this year and just 1-2 vs. the spread in their last three home games.

Today’s over/under line of 143.5 is lower than the average over/under line in Tennessee State’s games this year (144.1). So far, 13 of their games have finished with more points than today’s OU line. The over/under record in their games this year is 10-14.

In their recent matchup, the Tennessee State offense ended with 78 points against Eastern Illinois. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 49.1% and made 6 threes. Offensively, the Tigers have a season long field goal percentage of 44%, which is 224th in the nation. In terms of three-pointers, they are 246th in percentage and 262nd in three-pointers made.

On the defensive side, Tennessee State is currently hovering around the NCAA’s average for points allowed, conceding an average of 70.2 points per game. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Tennessee State’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 40.5% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 28.9% this season.