Eastern Kentucky Colonels vs Kennesaw State Owls Prediction, 1/2/2023 College Basketball Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Eastern Kentucky Colonels vs Kennesaw State Owls
Date: Monday, January 2, 2023
Location: KSU Convocation Center in Kennesaw, GA
TV: Youtube TV
The Kennesaw State Owls (8-5) will go up against the Eastern Kentucky Colonels (7-6) at KSU Convocation Center on Monday.
The Eastern Kentucky Colonels took the court against UNC Greensboro and took home the win by a score of 68-64 in their last game. When talking about personal fouls, the Colonels finished with 17 while UNC Greensboro totaled 16 personal fouls. They also converted 7 of 18 tries from 3-point land. UNC Greensboro ended up shooting 76.5% at the free throw line by making 13 of 17 shots. Furthermore, UNC Greensboro pulled down 34 boards (3 offensive, 31 defensive), but couldn't earn a rejection. UNC Greensboro distributed 17 dimes and had 4 steals in this contest. When talking about the defense, Eastern Kentucky let their opponent shoot 42.3% from the field on 22 of 52 shooting. They also doled out 17 assists in this matchup as well as forcing 16 turnovers and getting 7 steals. With regard to grabbing rebounds, they earned 28 with 3 of them being of the offensive sort. At the free throw line, the Colonels knocked down 12 of 20 shots for a rate of 60.0%. Eastern Kentucky finished having earned a 42.4% field goal percentage (25 of 59) and converted 6 of their 22 3-point shots.
Devontae Blanton is one guy who was a factor for the contest. He finished the contest at 43.8% from the floor and also distributed 5 dimes. He was on the court for 33 minutes and grabbed 6 boards. He scored 19 points on 7 of 16 shooting.
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Eastern Kentucky heads into this matchup with a win-loss mark of 7-6 this year. They are averaging 81.0 points per contest (32nd in D-1) while going 43.6% from the field. The Colonels are shooting 36.8% on shots from downtown (134 of 364) and 61.7% from the free throw line. As a team, Eastern Kentucky is snagging 39.9 rebounds per game and is sitting with 215 assists this season, which has them ranked 45th in the nation in terms of passing. They are losing possession via turnover 13.2 times per game and as a squad they commit 17.4 personal fouls per contest.
On defense, the Colonels have forced 17.6 turnovers on a nightly basis and they draw 16.5 personal fouls. They rank 289th in college basketball in allowing assists with 192 conceded so far this season. The Colonels defensively are allowing a shooting percentage of 42.8% (341 of 796) and they surrender 39.4 boards per game as a unit. They give up 32.8% on 3-point attempts and they are ranked 291st in D-1 in points per game allowed (73.3).
For their last game, the Kennesaw State Owls took a loss by a score of 69-55 against Indiana. In regard to how they attacked the glass, Kennesaw State allowed Indiana to collect 36 in total (3 offensive). They shot 38.9% from three-point range by hitting 7 of 18 and ended up shooting 16 out of 26 from the charity stripe (61.5%). The Owls permitted Indiana to make 23 out of their 46 tries from the field which gave them a shooting percentage of 50.0% in the matchup. When the final whistle was blown, the Owls finished the game shooting 18 for 55 from the field which had them sitting at 32.7%. Pertaining to shooting from 3-point land, Kennesaw State converted 10 of 25 tries (40.0%). They were able to convert 9 of the free throws for a rate of 60.0%. Indiana earned 15 personal fouls in the matchup which got the Owls to the charity stripe for 15 tries. They turned it over 8 times, while getting 5 steals in the matchup. The Owls recorded 22 defensive boards and 4 offensive rebounds totaling 26 in this matchup.
Kasen Jennings ended up having an impact for the Owls for this contest. He tallied 11 points in his 32 minutes on the hardwood and earned 1 assist in this game. He buried 4 of 7 for this contest for a field goal rate of 57.1%, and had 1 rebound.
Kennesaw State has a win-loss mark of 8-5 for the season. The Owls are responsible for committing 18.7 fouls every game and they hit 63.0% from the charity stripe. Their rate of dishing out assists is at 14.1 times per game (151st in college basketball) and they turn it over 13.2 times per game. Kennesaw State has tallied 932 points so far this year (71.7 per game) and they pull in 34.5 boards per game. On the offensive side of the ball, the Owls are shooting 43.5% from the field, which ranks 243rd in college hoops.
The Kennesaw State defense gives up 31.5% on shots from behind the 3-point line (75 of 238) and opponents are knocking down 68.3% of their free throw attempts. They have allowed 10.6 assists and 34.8 boards per contest, which is ranked 54th and 219th in college hoops. The Owls defensively are ranked 112th in Division 1 in PPG allowed with 66.2. They are able to force 16.0 turnovers per game and have allowed teams to shoot 43.4% from the field (229th in D-1).
Who will win tonight's NCAA basketball game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Eastern Kentucky
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