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Eastern Kentucky vs Central Arkansas Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 5th Betting Odds
Colonels vs Bears Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Eastern Kentucky Colonels at Central Arkansas Bears
- Where: Conway at Farris Center
- Date: Thursday, January 5th
- Betting Odds: Eastern Kentucky -2.5, EKENT -149 | CARK +120 O/U 156.5
Heading into today’s matchup vs Central Arkansas, the Eastern Kentucky Colonels will be taking the floor for the 16th time this season and have an overall record of 8-7. So far, the Colonels have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 2-6. This season, Eastern Kentucky has been favored to win in 3 games, sitting with a mark of 2-1. For today’s contest, Eastern Kentucky have a betting line set -2.5 points in their favor.
Eastern Kentucky’s leading scorer this season is Devontae Blanton who is averaging 15.8 points per contest. So far, Blanton has accounted for 19.49% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 6.0 rebounds per game and 2.8 assists. Michael Moreno is the second leading scorer for the Colonels, averaging 13.07 points per game. Between him and Moreno, they are accounting for 35.6% of the team’s scoring.
Eastern Kentucky comes into today’s matchup vs Central Arkansas, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 79.3 points per game. Through 15 games, they have hit 41.8% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Colonels’ have prefered to slow the game down, ranking 234th in possessions per game.
The Central Arkansas Bears head into today’s game in what will be their 16th game of the season, posting a record of 5-10. Currently, the Bears have been the home team 7 times, sitting with a record of 4-3. So far, the Bears have been the underdog 11 times, going 2-9 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +2.5 underdogs on the spread.
Central Arkansas’ leading scorer this season is Camren Hunter who is averaging 16.0 points per contest. So far, Hunter has accounted for 21.68% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 5.13 rebounds per game and 3.73 assists. Eddy Kayouloud is the second leading scorer for the Bears, averaging 14.0 points per game. Between him and Kayouloud, they are accounting for 40.6% of the team’s scoring.
On offense, Central Arkansas is scoring a rate similar to the NCAA average at 73.2 points per game. This figure has come despite struggling to knock down shots from outside. Through 15 games, they have only hit 30.0% of their 3-point field goal attempts. For the season, 35.15% of their shots have come from beyond the arc.
Free Spread Prediction: Central Arkansas Bears +2.5
After boiling down all the statistics and trends, it is clear why the oddsmakers have placed the Eastern Kentucky Colonels as the favorites to win. Not only do the Central Arkansas Bears have a mediocre record vs the spread at home of late 2-7-1, but Eastern Kentucky also has the statistical edge in 3-pointers made per game and overall field goal percentage. Yet, our model shows that the current odds of -2.5 in favor of the Colonels is too high and there is good value on grabbing Central Arkansas vs the spread. While most bettors will likely be piling on the Eastern Kentucky Colonels as the favorite, we full good about taking the oppsite side and grabbing Central Arkansas taking the points.
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