Tennessee State Tigers take on Colonels in NCAA basketball test
Tennessee State Tigers vs Eastern Kentucky Colonels Odds
The visiting Tennessee State Tigers hope to send their backers to the pay window on Thursday as they look to cover the spread at Paul S. McBrayer Arena against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels.
The Colonels sit at 15-4 (6-4-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Tigers are currently 12-8 (10-6 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Eastern Kentucky is 4-5-1 OU, and Tennessee State is 7-3 OU.
Bettors looking to side with Eastern Kentucky in this one found them as 5.5-point favorites earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.
Power Rankings / Prediction:
The Colonels - Tigers odds would favor the Tigers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Eastern Kentucky is rated No. 167 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Tennessee State is at No. 91. Mathematical models based on recent stats and predictive formulas point to a 75-70 win for the Colonels.
How They Match Up:
Rebounding is always a key handicapping consideration and Tigers is ranked No. 106 in NCAA hoops at 36.8 per game. Contrast that with Eastern Kentucky’s No. 344 mark in the paint. When it comes to three-point shooting, Eastern Kentucky is the No. 20-ranked team in the country at 8.4 per game, while Tennessee State rates No. 181 at 6.1 per game.
Defensively, Tennessee State features the nation's No. 166-rated defense on the road, allowing 69.5 points per game. Eastern Kentucky, meanwhile, comes in at No. 87 nationally in scoring at home.
Last time out for Tennessee State, they were a 78-66 loser as they battled Belmont on the road. They covered in the match as a 15.5-point underdog. The Tigers got 23 points from Jordan Cyphers, but it was Belmont that prevailed in a 78-66 final on Saturday at Curb Event Center.
Eastern Kentucky was a 73-62 winner in its last match on the road against Jacksonville State. They covered the 1.5-point spread as underdogs. Corey Walden went off for 28 points and added 3 rebounds, leading Eastern Kentucky over Jacksonville State, 73-62, on Saturday at Pete Mathews Coliseum.
Tennessee State Tigers Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Morehead State are 5-5
After playing Belmont are 1-5
After a loss are 6-4
Eastern Kentucky Colonels Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Belmont are 1-1
After playing Jacksonville State are 5-5
After a win are 7-3
A few Tigers at Colonels trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Tennessee State's last 5 games when playing on the road against Eastern Kentucky
Tennessee State is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games on the road
Tennessee State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Eastern Kentucky
Eastern Kentucky is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Eastern Kentucky is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Eastern Kentucky is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Tennessee State
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Eastern Kentucky's last 5 games when playing at home against Tennessee State
Tennessee State at Morehead State, Saturday, January 26
Eastern Kentucky home to Belmont, Saturday, January 26