Don’t miss out on the NCAA showdown between the Golden Eagles and Cougars. The game is starting at 4:30 ET on ESPN+, and it’s hosted by the Cougars at Vadalabene Center in Edwardsville, IL. Get ready to place your bets! The over/under for this Ohio Valley conference contest is set at 135 points, with SIUE being favored by -7.5 at home against Tennessee Tech.


The Pick: Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles +7.5

This game will be played at Vadalabene Center at 4:30 ET on Saturday, January 27th.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 75-70 in favor of the Cougars.
  • Even though we have SIUE winning straight-up, we like Tennessee Tech at +7.5.
  • The over/under is currently sitting at 135 points, and we like the over with a projected 145 points.

Will the Golden Eagles Win on the Road?

Through 20 games this season, Tennessee Tech is 7-13, including a 2-5 mark in Ohio Valley Conference play. On the road, the Golden Eagles are 2-9, compared to a 2-4 record at home.

Heading into today’s game, Tennessee Tech has lost two straight, and they are 3-12 as the underdog this season. They are 1-1 as the favorite.

As the underdog, Tennessee Tech has gone 7-8 vs. the spread this season and they are 8-9 overall. On the road, their ATS mark is 5-6 and they are 1-4 vs. the spread in their last five road games.

Today’s over/under line of 135 is lower than the average OU line in Tennessee Tech’s games this season (142.9). Currently, the over/under record in their games is 7-10. Over their last three games, the average scoring total is 130 points and their OU record during that span is 0-3.

In their most recent game, the Tennessee Tech offense concluded with only 59 points against Eastern Illinois. Throughout the game, they made 5/14 three-point attempts and had a field goal percentage of 49%. Rodney Johnson Jr. was the leading scorer for the Golden Eagles, putting up 13 points. In addition, Diante Wood contributed 12 points.

The Golden Eagles’ defense is presently ranked 241st nationally, allowing an average of 75.8 points per contest. In terms of field goal percentage allowed, Tennessee Tech’s defense has allowed opponents to shoot 41.1% from the field, including a three-point shooting percentage allowed of 30.5% this season.

Do the Cougars Have What it Takes at Home?

SIUE is 7-1 at home this season, and they are 7.5-point favorites today against Tennessee Tech. Overall, SIUE is 11-9, and they are 4-3 in Ohio Valley Conference games. They are coming off a 52-47 loss to Southeast Missouri State.

Over their last 10 home games, the Cougars are 9-1, and they are 2-1 in their last three. This season, they have been favored in nine games, going 7-2.

As the favorite, SIUE has gone 6-3 vs. the spread this season and is 6-2 at home. Over their last 10 games as the favorite, the Cougars have a 6-4 ATS mark. At home, SIUE is 2-2 vs. the spread in their last 5 games and 1-2 in their last 3.

SIUE’s over/under record for the season is 8-9 and today’s line of 135 is lower than the average over/under line in their games (139.2). In their last three games, the over/under record is 1-2 with an average scoring total of 115 points. So far, 10 of their games have finished with more points than today’s line of 135.

In their recent matchup, the SIUE offense ended with 47 points against Southeast Missouri State. They finished with an overall field goal percentage of 31.5% and made 4 threes. Offensively, the Cougars hold a season-long field goal percentage of 43%, placing them 319th in the national rankings. When it comes to three-pointers, they are ranked 153rd in terms of percentage and 208th in three-pointers made.

Coming into today’s game, the SIUE defense is giving up an average of 67.6 points per contest. SIUE’s three-point defense is currently 56th in the country at 5.9 made threes per game. In terms of overall field goal percentage, opponets have hit 39.0% of their shots vs. SIUE.