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NCAA Basketball Game Preview - Tigers underdogs vs Colonels at Tennessee State

Eastern Kentucky ColonelsTennessee State Tigers
13-6January 23, 2014, 08:00 | Gentry Complex2-19

The Tennessee State Tigers will hit the floor running against the visiting Eastern Kentucky Colonels Thursday, looking to improve their record and boost wagering bankrolls in the process.

Tennessee State battles the Colonels, currently sitting with a 13-6 mark (6-7 ATS). The OVER/UNDER records, always important for totals bettors, are 8-6-1 for the Tigers and 4-8 for the Colonels.

View Eastern Kentucky Colonels vs Tennessee State Tigers Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with Tennessee State in this one found them as 8-point underdogs earlier in the day. Watch for line moves and updates at Bovada before gametime.

This game matches up the No. 288 (Tigers) and the No. 92 (Colonels) teams in the league, according to our current NCAAB power rank.

Last time out for Eastern Kentucky, they were a 60-56 winner as they battled Jacksonville State at home. They failed to cover in the match as a 10.5-point favorite. Eastern Kentucky got 20 points from Eric Stutz en route to a 60-56 victory over Jacksonville State on Saturday at Paul S. McBrayer Arena.

Tennessee State was a 79-65 loser in their most recent outing at home against Belmont. They failed to cover the 10.5-point spread as underdogs. Tennessee State suffered a 79-65 loss against Belmont on Saturday, getting 21 points from Patrick Miller in a losing effort at Gentry Complex.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Tennessee State's No. 211-ranked offense, averaging 67.86 PPG, against a Colonels defense that ranks No. 107 at 68.37 PPG. The Tigers field goal percentage has averaged 41.95% so far, less than the Colonels marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.72% per game.

A few Colonels at Tigers trends to consider:
Eastern Kentucky is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Eastern Kentucky's last 5 games
Eastern Kentucky is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Eastern Kentucky's last 5 games on the road
Tennessee State is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
Tennessee State is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Tennessee State is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
Tennessee State is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Eastern Kentucky

Next up:
Eastern Kentucky at Belmont, Saturday, January 25th
Tennessee State at Morehead State, Saturday, January 25th