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Kennesaw State vs Eastern Kentucky Pick & Preview: Saturday, February 4th Betting Odds
Owls vs Colonels Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Kennesaw State Owls at Eastern Kentucky Colonels
- Where: Richmond at McBrayer Arena
- Date: Saturday, February 4th
- Betting Odds: Kennesaw State +1, KENEST -104 | EKENT -118 O/U 148.5
Kennesaw State heads into this matchup having played 24 games and have an overall record sitting at 18-6. On the road, the Owls will be playing their 13th game of the season, having gone 8-5. So far, the Owls have been the underdog 9 times, going 4-5 straight up. Heading into today’s contest, they are the +1 underdogs on the spread.
Kennesaw State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Chris Youngblood who is averaging 14.62 points per game for the Owls. Youngblood is also important to the team’s ability to score on the perimeter. So far, he leads the team in 3-point shots made. Also key to the Owls’ offensive game plan is the play of Terrell Burden who has hit 49.5% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 12.83 points per game.
On offense, Kennesaw State comes into the game looking to control the pace of play, as they are just 444th in possessions per game. Even with their preference to slow the game down, the Owls’ are scoring at a rate similar to the NCAA average at 74.8 points per game. So far, 38.45% of their shots have come from beyond the arc, where they have connected at a rate of 36.5%.
The Eastern Kentucky Colonels will be looking to pick up their 25th win of the season and are in the middle of a 2 game win streak. So far this season, Eastern Kentucky has played 12 games at home, sitting with a record of 11-1. The Colonels’ are sitting with a betting line that is -1 points in their favor. For the season, Eastern Kentucky has been favored to win in 9 games, sitting with a mark of 7-2.
Eastern Kentucky’s leading scorer this season is Devontae Blanton, who is averaging 15.83 points per contest. So far, Blanton has accounted for 20.15% of the team’s scoring. In addition, he is contributing 6.54 rebounds per game and 2.67 assists. Michael Moreno is the second leading scorer for the Colonels, averaging 12.29 points per game. Between him and Moreno, they are accounting for 35.8% of the team’s scoring.
Eastern Kentucky comes into today’s matchup vs Kennesaw State, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 79.3 points per game. Through 24 games, they have hit 41.8% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Colonels have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 234th in possessions per game.
Free Spread Prediction: Kennesaw State Owls +1
A key to this matchup, will be 3-point shooting. Coming into the game, both Eastern Kentucky and Kennesaw State are excellent 3-point shooting teams, averaing 11.71 and 8.32 made 3’s per game, respectively. In terms of the odds, we like the Kennesaw State Owls to cover as +1 point dogs. Look for their defense to do a good enough job closing out on the Colonels’ outside shooters to make things difficult for Eastern Kentucky. At +1 we like the chances of Kennesaw State covering the spread as underdogs.