College Insider Tournament - Evansville Purple Aces host Tennessee State Tigers in college basketball action
Tennessee State Tigers vs Evansville Purple Aces Odds
Tennessee State pays a visit to Evansville on Tuesday, hoping to send the Purple Aces to a loss while covering the college basketball spread at Ford Center.
The Purple Aces are 18-14 so far on the season, and 17-11-1 ATS vs. the number. The Tigers, meanwhile, are 18-14 and 16-11-1 ATS. OVER/UNDER bettors have seen Evansville go 13-11-1 and the Tigers go 18-4 on the totals.
On the opening NCAA basketball line for this matchup, Evansville sat as 8-point favorites over at 5Dimes. Also, check out the current total, which often goes up first at online sportsbook BetOnline.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Purple Aces - Tigers odds would favor the Tigers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Evansville is rated No. 167 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Tennessee State is at No. 92. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 72-70 win for the Purple Aces.
How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Evansville has the nation's No. 158-rated offensive output, at 68.1 PPG. The visiting Tigers defense ranks No. 250 allowing on average 69.5 PPG. The Purple Aces FG% has averaged 43.6% so far, less than the Tigers marksmen have achieved on the year, 44.1% per game.
Defensively, Tennessee State features the nation's No. 239-rated defense on the road, allowing 72.1 points per game. Evansville, meanwhile, comes in at No. 147 nationally in scoring at home.
Tennessee State was an 82-73 loser in its last match on the road against Belmont. They covered the 12-point spread as underdogs. The Tigers got a 22-point effort from Kellen Thornton, who added 12 rebounds, but Belmont still managed to defeat Tennessee State 82-73 Friday at Municipal Auditorium.
Evansville was a 51-50 loser in their most recent outing at home against Indiana State. They failed to cover the 2-point spread as favorites. The Purple Aces endured a 51-50 loss at the hands of the Sycamores on Friday, despite a 11-point effort from Egidijus Mockevicius at Scottrade Center.
Tennessee State Tigers Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 8-2
After playing Belmont are 2-6
After a loss are 6-4
Evansville Purple Aces Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
After playing Indiana State are 4-6
After a loss are 6-4
A few Tigers at Purple Aces trends to consider:
Evansville is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Evansville's last 7 games