Photo: flickr Writer: Eric Daniel
We really liked the makeup of this ETSU squad coming into the year and the Bucs have been living up to our expectations standing 8-2 overall with their only defeats coming on the road against UNCW and Dayton. East Tennessee State picked up a great confidence building win on the road in their last outing upsetting Mississippi State by a final of 67-65. ETSU has played at a much slower pace on the road than at home so far this season, but this could also be because the Bucs have been facing some tougher tests on the road. ETSU is ranked a respectable 83rd in the nation in scoring average and 89th in total defense with veteran guard Cromer leading the team averaging 17.1 points per game.
Morehead State has really fallen off losing 7 straight coming into this matchup at home against ETSU. Morehead State has been going against a road heavy slate while also really testing themselves against teams like Pitt and Purdue. In their last outing the Eagles came up short on the road against Eastern Washington losing by a final of 86-88 in a game that could have done either way. This was a much better result from the Eagles than we’ve seen out of them recently. Morehead State’s issues have come on the defensive end as this group ranks 296th in the nation in points allowed. Xavier Moon leads this balanced attack averaging 12.9 points per game.
ETSU finally proved they could get the job done on the road in their last outing and that should be a confidence boost for the Bucs coming into this one against the struggling Eagles. Morehead State has been heading in the wrong direction and this’ll be another tough test. We like the Bucs to come through as they go on to win and cover the spread.
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