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Ohio Valley Tournament - NCAA hoops odds preview - SIU Edwardsville vs. Tennessee Tech

SIU Edwardsville CougarsTennessee Tech Golden Eagles
11-19March 05, 2014, 07:00 | Nashville Municipal Auditorium16-15

The visiting SIU Edwardsville Cougars hope to send their backers to the pay window on Wednesday as they look to cover the spread at Nashville Municipal Auditorium against the Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles.

The Golden Eagles sit at 16-15 (13-10-1 ATS) on the season. By comparison, the Cougars are currently 11-19 (14-11 ATS). Looking to wager on the totals? Tennessee Tech is 11-12 OU, and SIU Edwardsville is 14-11 OU.

View SIU Edwardsville Cougars vs Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles Odds and Stats.

The visitors opened as 3.5-point underdogs in this one at most sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark, including Bovada. The total was set to open a bit later (check out GTbets.eu for the latest situation(.

The power rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Golden Eagles rated this week at No. 178 and the Cougars sitting at No. 154.

SIU Edwardsville was a 78-74 loser in its last match at home against Eastern Illinois. They failed to cover the 3-point spread as favorites. The Cougars endured a 78-74 loss at the hands of the Panthers on Saturday, despite a 15-point effort from Donivine Stewart at Vadalabene Center.

Tennessee Tech was a 91-84 winner in its last match on the road against Morehead State. They covered the 8.5-point spread as underdogs. Dwan Caldwell scored 29 points for Tennessee Tech on Saturday, leading the Golden Eagles to a 91-84 win over Morehead State at Ellis Johnson Arena.

How They Match Up:
Rating these schools in several key categories is important for handicappers and Tennessee Tech has the nation's No. 112-rated offensive output, at 72.29 PPG. The visiting Cougars defense ranks No. 233 allowing on average 76.33 PPG. The Golden Eagles FG% has averaged 45.21% so far, less than the Cougars marksmen have achieved on the year, 47.26% per game.