The college basketball schedule on Thursday is quiet when it comes to ranked teams, with only No. 4 Iowa and No. 24 UCLA expected to play. In any case, that Indiana and Iowa matchup in Iowa City should be a good one in the Big Ten. There isn’t much else that sticks out with regards to big matchups on Thursday night. Saturday is going to have plenty of that to get to.
If you like picking your spots in the smaller conferences, then Thursday has what you’re looking for. There are some under-the-radar games that may not get much attention that aren’t in a small conference, though. A rivalry matchup in Tempe should be a good one between Arizona and Arizona State. USC and Stanford earlier in the afternoon should provide an entertaining contest, too.
We have you covered in the Ohio Valley Conference with two games. Along with Tennessee Tech and Austin Peay, Eastern Illinois and Belmont are covered at TheSporstGeek. I know the Ohio Valley might not be the most interesting conference, but hopefully we can find a couple of winners in the OVC.
Belmont continues to lead the conference with a record of 14-1, with Eastern Kentucky checking in at 12-2 going into Thursday. The Ohio Valley Conference is Belmont’s to lose. They are by far the best team in the conference, but Eastern Kentucky has been playing really good basketball right now. Eastern Kentucky is on a seven-game winning streak, but it doesn’t compare with Belmont, who recently recorded their 11th straight victory.
Meanwhile, Austin Peay is looking to stay in the race and advance to 8-4 on Thursday. On the other side, Tennessee Tech hopes to just get back to respectability. Tennessee Tech goes into Clarksville with a record of 2-13 and 2-6 in the OVC. Head below for our free Tennessee Tech vs. Austin Peay pick on January 21, 2021.
Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles vs. Austin Peay Governors NCAA Betting Odds:
Tennessee Tech vs. Austin Peay Prediction:
Tennessee Tech recorded just their second win in their most recent outing. The Golden Eagles defeated Tennessee State by a score of 74-71 to end a four-game losing streak. In their other win during this 2-13 campaign, Tennessee Tech beat Southeast Missouri, 72-63, on December 30.
Tennessee State is 2-9 and Southeast Missouri is 4-8, so these aren’t impressive wins by any means. Note that the Golden Eagles have scored just 64.2 points per game for 314th in the NCAA. They are also outside of the top-300 defensively with 78.3 points against per game. Opposing teams are connecting at a clip of 47.9% from the field.
If the Golden Eagles had Austin Peay at home, I think they could turn this contest into a competitive matchup. However, Tennessee Tech must go on the road where they’ve struggled tremendously. The Golden Eagles are 0-10 on the road, and they’ve predictably been bad on the ends of the floor given that winless mark.
Tennessee Tech has scored just 62.9 points per game, and conceded 81.7 points per game defensively. Conversely, Austin Peay has put up 80.6 points per game at home. The defense has been strong as well, with 66.4 points against per contest. Expect this to be a closely played game in the first half, before Tennessee Tech runs out of steam and gets handled easily following the break. I like Austin Peay in a 80-65 kind of game this evening.