There are a handful of college basketball games on Monday to get the week started. I thought we’d see more action on Presidents’ Day for a holiday, but it could be worse. There is one big game on the schedule, as the ranked Virginia Cavaliers and Florida State Seminoles have a date in Tallahassee tonight at the Donald L. Tucker Center. Virginia is fresh off a textbook grind it out win over the North Carolina Tar Heels on Saturday.
In typical Virginia fashion, they grinded out a win with their defense. I’m afraid that Virginia offense doesn’t have the necessary offensive pop that they need to win a National Championship, though. That was the difference for Virginia in 2018-19. The defense was always present, and they finally got over the hump with an offense that could actually score. The 2020-21 Covid team isn’t bad offensively, but good defenses can neutralize them.
There is plenty of small conference ball on Monday on the hardwood. One of those games is in the Ohio Valley Conference in Tennessee. The Eastern Kentucky Colonels are looking to build on their strong record of 16-5 going into Tennessee. They enter this evening third in the OVC with a mark of 10-4. It’s good, but nobody is catching Belmont at this point.
Belmont, who has to be the most well-known team in the conference, is off to a 16-0 start in the conference and 22-1 overall. They are currently on a 19-game winning streak. If you want a Cinderella team, Belmont might be what you are looking for. They are on fire and it’s going to take an upset for somebody to steal the OVC away from Belmont. Eastern Kentucky is a quality team, but they fell 92-74 against Belmont on Friday.
The Colonels returned home to blow out Tennessee State by a score of 93-73 yesterday. Tough little sequence for Eastern Kentucky these two days, as they head on the road for a back-to-back. Fortunately, Eastern Kentucky doesn’t have the most dangerous test ahead of them tonight, though they have to be aware of a trap.
Tennessee Tech enters Monday with a record of 3-19. All three wins in the OVC. The Golden Eagles are coming off a 80-67 win over Eastern Illinois on Sunday, so they’re on a back-to-back as well. Head below for our free Eastern Kentucky vs. Tennessee Tech pick on February 15, 2021.
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For Eastern Kentucky to win and cover on Monday night, they are going to have to stay focused following their win on Sunday. They made it look easy at Tennessee State, as the Colonels pulled away for an easy 20-point win. The win for Eastern Kentucky handed Tennessee State their 16th loss of the season.
Tennessee State and Tech have similar names, and they’re pretty well on an even playing field regarding talent. The biggest key for Eastern Kentucky tonight is not talking Tech seriously tonight. They could easily just look at their record and believe it’s going to be another 93-73 win. The Colonels can’t allow that to happen.
Eastern Kentucky has scored an average of 82.7 points per game. They are one of the most efficient offenses in the country and rank 11th in scoring. Tennessee Tech must be careful not to get too physical with the Colonels. Eastern Kentucky is very crafty at getting to the free throw line and picking up easy points.
While they’re 187th in the NCAA at 44.1% from the field, Eastern Kentucky is still racking up over 80 points a game. Heading on road trips hasn’t bothered the Colonels at all, as they’re scoring 84.1 points per game on the road going into Tennessee Tech. If it wasn’t for the fact that Tech can’t shoot, this would likely be another high-scoring Colonels game.
However, Tech has failed miserably at finding the bottom of the net. They are 310th in the NCAA with only 64.6 points scored per game. At home, the Golden Eagles see a slight uptick to 66.5 points per game.
The back-to-back going on the road might keep this game closer than an even matchup on a neutral court would in this game. However, I still foresee the Eastern Kentucky offense too much to keep up with in the second-half. A 83-71 win for the Colonels looks attainable at Tennessee Tech on Monday evening.