Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Cougars and Golden Eagles. The game is starting at 8:30 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Golden Eagles at Hooper Eblen Center in Cookeville, TN. Get ready to place your bets! SIUE come into this Ohio Valley conference matchup as the -2.5 favorite. The over/under line currently sits at 137 points.


The Pick: Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles +2.5

This game will be played at Hooper Eblen Center at 8:30 ET on Thursday, February 22nd.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-69 in favor of the Golden Eagles.
  • Not only will Tennessee Tech pick up the win, but look for them to cover at +2.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 137 points, and we like the over with a projected 144 points.

Is a Win at Cookeville Possible for the Cougars?

Heading into their matchup with Tennessee Tech, SIUE has a season record of 15-12. The Cougars have struggled on the road, going 1-10, but have been dominant at home, posting a record of 11-2. Against the spread, SIUE has a current record of 11-12-1. In their last ten games, SIUE has gone 1-4 vs. the spread.

So far, SIUE’s games have averaged 139.2 points per game with the average over/under line being 139.5 points. When assessing the Cougars’ performance in their last three games, their over/under record stands at 3-0, with their games averaging 153 points per game.

SIUE’s offense had a good outing, putting up 80 points against Southeast Missouri State. They achieved a 44.4% field goal percentage and went 16/22 from the free-throw line. Damarco Minor is the current leading scorer for the team, with an average of 14.7 as they approach today’s matchup. In addition, Shamar Wright brings a PPG average of 14.6 into the game.

So far, the Cougars’ defense is ranked 101st in the country at 69.1 points per contest. The SIUE defense is coming off a game in which they gave up a total of 76 points and allowed Southeast Missouri State to connect on 8 threes.

Will the Golden Eagles Pull Through as the Home Underdog?

Today, Tennessee Tech will be playing against SIUE with a record of 9-18. The Golden Eagles have a 3-11 record on the road and a 3-7 record overall. As of now, Tennessee Tech has a below-average ATS record of 11-13. However, in their last ten games, Tennessee Tech has gone 3-2 against the spread.

Tennessee Tech’s games have, on average, featured 138 points per game leading to an over/under record of 9-15-0. Their average over/under line is currently 140.2 points so far. The Golden Eagles’ last five games have culminated with an average of 127 points per game and an over/under record of 1-4.

In their most recent game, the Tennessee Tech offense put up just 55 points vs. the Western Illinois Leathernecks. Overall, they are now averaging 67.6 points per game which is 381st in the country. The top scorer for the Golden Eagles was Jayvis Harvey with 18 points, while Rodney Johnson Jr. also chipped in with 14 points.

The Golden Eagles’ defense is presently ranked 209th nationally, allowing an average of 73.4 points per contest. Tennessee Tech’s three-point defense is currently 119th in the country at 6.9 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 42.2% of their shots vs. Tennessee Tech.