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#789 East Tennessee State -3.5 vs.
#790 Wofford 137
Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 7:00pm EST
Written by Scott Reichel

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This Wednesday, there is an NCAAB matchup between the East Tennessee State Buccaneers and the Wofford Terriers. This meeting will take place at the Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium and it will occur at approximately 7:00 PM.

East Tennessee State Looks To Extend Winning Streak

The East Tennessee State Buccaneers have looked like a very underrated college basketball team so far this season. The Buccaneers have won 25 of their first 29 games and they enter this game on a high note after beating Samford on the road by six points in their last game. In that game, East Tennessee State's offense was solid as it scored 80 points while shooting 47.1% from the floor. In addition, the Buccaneers have won each of their last seven games so they will be looking to extend this winning streak on Wednesday. Now, East Tennessee State will be looking for another road victory in this conference game.

Leading the Buccaneers offensively is junior guardTray Boyd III who has been great this season. He is averaging a team-high 13.7 points per game along with 2.1 assists. In addition, he is averaging 1.5 steals per game so he has been very active on both sides of the ball.

East Tennessee State's most underrated player is senior forwardJeromy Rodriguez who has been really good so far this season. He is averaging 10.7 points per game along with a team-high 7.9 rebounds. In addition, he is shooting 64.7% from the floor so he has been very efficient offensively up to this point.

Wofford Looks To Snap Losing Streak

The Wofford Terriers have looked like a slightly above average college basketball team so far this season. The Terriers have won 16 of their first 29 games this season despite entering this game on a low note after losing to Furman by one point on the road in their last game. In that game, Wofford's offense struggled as it only scored 66 points while shooting just 28.1% from the three-point line. To make matters worse, the Terriers have lost each of their last five games so they have been playing some terrible basketball lately. Now, Wofford will be looking to snap its current losing streak with a conference home game up next.

Leading the Terriers offensively is senior guardNathan Hoover who has been okay this season as he is averaging a team-high 15.7 points per game along with 3.9 rebounds. However, he is shooting just 36.9% from the floor so he has been very inefficient offensively up to this point in the season.

Wofford's most underrated player is junior forwardChevez Goodwin who has been good this season. He is averaging 11.9 points per game along with a team-high 6.4 rebounds. In addition, he is averaging a team-high 1.1 blocks per game so he has been extremely active on both sides of the ball.

Best Bets for this Game

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Even though Wofford is at home for this game, East Tennessee State has looked like the better team up to this point so I have to side with the Buccaneers in this road game. East Tennessee State is the significantly more talented team and it has won each of its last seven games while Wofford is on a five-game losing streak so I think that these two teams are simply headed in opposite directions. Plus, East Tennessee State is averaging roughly three more points per game so it should be able to score enough points in order to cover this point spread. As a result, I think that there is some value with the road team.

Prediction: East Tennessee State -3

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Both of these teams have been very solid defensively so I think that this total should be a bit lower. East Tennessee State is allowing just 63.3 points per game while Wofford is allowing just 68.8 points per game so I think that this game should land somewhere in the low-130s. Plus, East Tennessee State loves to play at a very slow pace as it ranks 297th in the nation in adjusted offensive tempo according to Kenpom Rankings so I think that this game should be played primarily in a halfcourt setting which bodes well for the under in this game.

Prediction: Under 137

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East Tennessee State has a 10-3 record on the road this season so I think that the Buccaneers should be able to get out to a fast start within the first 20 minutes of this game in front of this hostile crowd on Wednesday. Wofford is in the middle of imploding and East Tennessee State already won the first meeting this season so I expect to see similar results early on in this game. Plus, East Tennessee State is averaging roughly five more rebounds per game so it should be able to generate enough second-chance points in order to cover this first half spread. Give me the road team.

Prediction: East Tennessee State 1H
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Written By Scott Reichel

Scott Reichel is a University of Wisconsin-Madison graduate with an insane passion for sports. His commitment to endlessly researching statistics helps separate him from other handicappers with regard to MLB, NBA, NCAAB, NCAAF, NHL and NFL coverage. Scott also shares his passion for sports on StatSalt's YouTube page where he does a daily show called Scott's Selections.