Check out our free Tennessee State vs Southeast Missouri State pick and preview for this NCAA Basketball game in Cape Girardeau. See who we like to win and cover the spread in this College Basketball matchup.
Tennessee State vs Southeast Missouri State Pick & Preview: Thursday, January 26th Betting Odds
Tigers vs Redhawks Matchup at a Glance
- Sport: NCAAB
- Teams: Tennessee State Tigers at Southeast Missouri State Redhawks
- Where: Cape Girardeau at Show Me Center
- Date: Thursday, January 26th
- Betting Odds: Tennessee State +6.5, TENST +220 | SEMST -282 O/U 153.5
Tennessee State heads into this matchup having played 21 games and have an overall record sitting at 11-10. So far, the Tigers have played 8 games on the road, with a record of 1-7. For the season, Tennessee State has been the underdog in 7 games, sitting with a mark of 1-6. Currently, the oddsmakers have the lines set with the Tigers being +6.5 point underdogs.
Tennessee State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer J.R. Clay who is averaging 18.95 points per game for the Tigers. Clay 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 Tigers’ offensive game plan is the play of Marcus Fitzgerald Jr. who has hit 38.9% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.1 points per game.
Offensive production has been hard to come by for Tennessee State this season, as they are currently ranked 188th in college basketball at 71.3 points per game. A major reason for low scoring totals is the fact that they have played at a below average pace, and have struggled to knock down outside shots. As a team, the Tigers’ 3-point shooting percentage sits at just 35.0%, placing them 186th in the NCAA.
Heading into today’s matchup vs Tennessee State, the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks will be taking the floor for the 22nd time this season and have an overall record of 10-11. Currently, the Redhawks have been the home team 9 times, sitting with a record of 5-4. The Redhawks’ are sitting with a betting line that is -6.5 points in their favor. For the season, Southeast Missouri State has been favored to win in 4 games, sitting with a mark of 3-1.
Southeast Missouri State will be counting on another strong performance from the team’s leading scorer Phillip Russell who is averaging 17.25 points per game for the Redhawks. Russell 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 Redhawks’ offensive game plan is the play of Chris Harris who has hit 37.8% of his field goal attempts on his way to averaging 14.1 points per game.
Southeast Missouri State comes into today’s matchup vs Tennessee State, looking to continue their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 75.6 points per game. Through 21 games, they have hit 43.8% of their field goal attempts. In terms of pace, the Redhawks have preferred to slow the game down, ranking 278th in possessions per game.
Free Spread Prediction: Tennessee State Tigers +6.5
After boiling down all the statistics and trends, it is clear why the oddsmakers have placed the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks as the favorites to win. Not only do the Tennessee State Tigers have a mediocre record vs the spread at away of late 2-8, but Southeast Missouri State 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 -6.5 points in favor of the Redhawks is too high and there is good value on grabbing Tennessee State vs the spread. While most bettors will likely be piling on the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks as the favorite, we full good about taking the oppsite side and grabbing Tennessee State taking the points.